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Legal aspects of non-repudiation in digital world

Just read an interesting research paper on various aspects of non-repudiation in the context of digital environments .

Authors discuss legal aspects in different legal systems and come to a conclusion that:

… deployment of a trusted computing system for digital signatures is the only secure option, resulting in a legal position where the onus of proof for the electronic environment is equivalent to the paper-based environment. If a trusted computing system is used to affect a digital signature, then and only then can the onus of proof lie with the recipient in the same manner that exits in the paper-based world. Without a trusted computing system, neither party – the signer or the recipient – is in a position to produce the necessary evidence to prove their respective case.

MCCULLAGH, Adrian; CAELLI, William. Non-repudiation in the digital environment. First Monday, [S.l.], aug. 2000. ISSN 13960466. Available at: <http://www.firstmonday.org/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/778/687>.

p.s. Not that I really enjoy reading this sort of essays but this one came really useful while I was working on a RFP response…

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