Digital signatures: are they legal for electronic commerce?

  • P. Brown
  • Published 1994 in IEEE Communications Magazine


In electronic commerce, like elsewhere, certain types of messages are inherently more sensitive than others. For example, a contract acceptance is more sensitive than a notice of goods delivery. One requires more integrity and assurance. One will be retained, the other discarded. In the paper-based world, signatures provide a degree of assurance for the… (More)


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