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(fwd) France, Germany, Italy block EU online shopping law
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BRUSSELS, Nov 27 (AFP) - France, Germany, Italy and Portugal
have blocked agreement on a compromise for an EU law on how
electronic signatures can be used to make online transactions
secure, diplomats said Friday.
Speaking after a ministerial meeting, EU information technology
and telecoms commissioner Martin Bangemann criticised the four
countries's stance, saying they were underestimating developments in
the information society, such as the Internet.
"Some member states are not aware of what they are doing. They
are underestimating developments in the information society. They
are not keeping up with the speed or the scope of changes,"
"They believe they can meet these new developments with old
attitudes," he said at a news conference.
Bangemann also said interior and justice ministers have a role
in the discussions on the electronic signature directive and they
"have a lack of understanding of the technical process. They don't
understand what they are doing."
The four member states want the directive to include a detailed
annex of requirements on the security keys and verification devices
that have to be used by electronic commerce operators, diplomats
The majority of member states don't want the directive to
include specific technology solutions and say that doing so would
inhibit technology developing in this area, they said.
British telecom minister Barbara Roche told the meeting that the
changes demanded by France and the others would favour smart card
technology rather than software or chip-based solutions, they said.
One diplomat said the French are trying to boost use of smart
card technology developed by French computer company Bull.
Bangemann also said that including technical specifications in
the directive could risk a trade conflict with the EU's trading
The majority of member states favoured a solution that would be
compatible with US and other worldwide regulations on electronic
signatures, he said.
Discussions on the directive would resume next year, he said.
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