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DIGITAL SIGNATURE ACT 1997 AND DIGITAL SIGNATURE REGULATIONS 1998

Both the Digital Signature Act and the Digital Signature Regulations 1998 were enforced on the 1st October 1998. The Act and its accompanying Regulation aims at promoting the processing of transactions especially commercial transactions, electronically through the use of digital signatures. Transactions conducted via the Internet are increasing. As identities in cyberspace can be falsified and messages tampered with, there is a need for transacting parties to ascertain each other's identity and the integrity of the messages, thereby removing doubt and the possibility of fraud when conducting transactions online.

The Act and its accompanying Regulation provides a framework for the licensing and regulation of Certification Authorities, and the recognition of digital signatures. In simple term they are the enabling law that allows for the development of, amongst others, e-commerce by providing an avenue for secure on-line transactions through the use of digital signatures.

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