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A bill (H.R. 1714) introduced by Rep. Tom Bliley (R-VA) that would require companies to accept electronic signatures as they would handwritten ones has been approved by the House Commerce Committee and the House Judiciary Committee. The bill would also give legal protection to electronic signatures that are protected by encryption or some other system that guarantees the validity of the signature.

Another bill (H.R. 1685), introduced by Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA), would also recognize electronic signatures for the conduct of interstate and foreign commerce. The bill would prohibit unsolicited e-mail, known as spam, and would set out rules for protecting the individual privacy of consumers when visiting commercial Web sites.

H.R. 1685 has 14 cosponsors and has been referred to the House Commerce and House Judiciary Committees.
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Date:Jan 1, 2000
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