The self-regulatory approach of the kitemark scheme appears to be more workable than an imposed regulatory standard. However, some self-regulatory bodies have, in the past, suffered from ineffectiveness so it will be important that the self regulatory process has teeth.
The issue of who do you trust to be a certification authority is key. The kitemark should not be the only fact that organisations look for when choosing a certification authority.
The provision in the Electronic Communications Bill to enable courts to recognise electronic signatures as legally binding is vital to the future of e-business in the UK.
The segregation of the more contentious aspects, access by law enforcement agencies to pursue encrypted messages, in the Home Office Bill, should ensure the Electronic Communications Bill passes quickly, which is good news for business.
However, the new bill leaves the onus on business to solve tax and legal issues surrounding e-business.
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