Senate passes digital signature bill

Senate passes digital signature bill

JUNE 16—The Senate today unanimously passed a bill that would give digital signatures the statutory weight of their handwritten counterparts.

The House passed the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act earlier in the week on a vote of 476 to 4. The Senate voted 87 to 0 to approve S 761. President Clinton has said that he will sign the bill.

"This legislation will eliminate the single most significant vulnerability of electronic commerce, which is the fear that everything it revolves around ' could be rendered invalid solely by virtue of their being in electronic form," Sen. Spencer Abraham (R-Mich.) said.

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