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[FYI] ITU: "A global framework for authentication in e-commerce"
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CORDIS RTD-NEWS/© European Communities, 2000.
Record Control Number: 14210
A high level group of experts, including representatives from the
European Commission, met at the International Telecommunication Union
(ITU) Headquarters on 9 and 10 December to discuss the regulatory,
technical and legal obstacles to the use of authentication
technologies across borders.
The group agreed on a set of recommendations for areas where the ITU
would have a useful role to play in overcoming these obstacles. These
recommendations will be put to the ITU's governing body at their next
meeting in July 2000.
"We believe that the ITU, with its unique expertise, experience
working closely with industry is well placed to help facilitate
electronic authentication and foster a global dialogue about
authentication measures and issues", said Fred Cate, Professor of Law
and Director of the Information Law and Commerce Institute at the
Indiana University School of Law, who chaired the meeting.
The ITU aims to find and develop a model to serve as the basis for
authentications across borders. The group agreed that the ITU should
encourage voluntary, rather than mandatory approaches, and should
focus on areas where international dialogue is needed.
Market-based initiatives and standards and of private arrangements
for authentication should be encouraged, while the needs of
developing countries, and social and cultural concerns should be
Building trust will be crucial to the future development of e-
commerce. This implies a confidence that on-line purchases, funds
transfers, and business deals will be as valid as traditional
activities, and for this, transactions will need to ensure a
recognised system of authentication across borders.
Several countries have already adopted legislation on electronic
signatures, and it is being actively considered in many others
including the EU. However the global nature of the Internet makes it
vital that government and industry collaborate to harmonise national
approaches to authentication.
'E-commerce has reached a stage where it is critically important to
agree on international approaches in the areas of electronic
signatures and authentication if we don't want to see the emergence
of fundamentally discordant standards as to what constitutes a
'signature' or what constitutes valid certificates in different
jurisdictions', said Cate.
Data Source Provider: ITU News
Document Reference: Based on a press release from the ITU
Subject Index Codes: Information Processing, Information Systems
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