15 U.S.C. § 7031 : US Code - Section 7031: Principles governing the use of electronic signatures in international transactions

Search 15 U.S.C. § 7031 : US Code - Section 7031: Principles governing the use of electronic signatures in international transactions

    (a) Promotion of electronic signatures
      (1) Required actions
        The Secretary of Commerce shall promote the acceptance and use,
      on an international basis, of electronic signatures in accordance
      with the principles specified in paragraph (2) and in a manner
      consistent with section 7001 of this title. The Secretary of
      Commerce shall take all actions necessary in a manner consistent
      with such principles to eliminate or reduce, to the maximum
      extent possible, the impediments to commerce in electronic
      signatures, for the purpose of facilitating the development of
      interstate and foreign commerce.
      (2) Principles
        The principles specified in this paragraph are the following:
          (A) Remove paper-based obstacles to electronic transactions
        by adopting relevant principles from the Model Law on
        Electronic Commerce adopted in 1996 by the United Nations
        Commission on International Trade Law.
          (B) Permit parties to a transaction to determine the
        appropriate authentication technologies and implementation
        models for their transactions, with assurance that those
        technologies and implementation models will be recognized and
        enforced.
          (C) Permit parties to a transaction to have the opportunity
        to prove in court or other proceedings that their
        authentication approaches and their transactions are valid.
          (D) Take a nondiscriminatory approach to electronic
        signatures and authentication methods from other jurisdictions.
    (b) Consultation
      In conducting the activities required by this section, the
    Secretary shall consult with users and providers of electronic
    signature products and services and other interested persons.
    (c) Definitions
      As used in this section, the terms "electronic record" and
    "electronic signature" have the same meanings provided in section
    7006 of this title.