Senate passes E-Sign bill

Senate passes E-Sign bill

President Clinton on Friday was to digitally sign the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act into law, using a certificate from the General Services Administration's digital certificate program, GSA officials said.

The Senate last month unanimously passed the bill that would give digital signatures the statutory weight of their handwritten counterparts. Earlier, the House passed the measure on a vote of 476 to 4. The Senate voted 87 to 0 to approve S 761, known as the E-Sign 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,' said Sen. Spencer Abraham (R-Mich.).

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