Digital Signatures and the Law
- C. Bradford Biddle, Legislating
Market Winners, Digital Signature Laws and the Electronic Commerce
Marketplace, World Wide Web Journal, Summer 1997.
Digital Signature Act, Utah Code §§ 46-3-101 to
46-3-504, Enacted by L. 1995, ch. 61
- The National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State
Electronic Transactions Act (Draft).
- American Bar Association, Section of Science and Technology,
- US Senate, S.
1594, Digital Signature and Electronic Authentication Law (SEAL)
- US House of Represenatives, H.R.
3472, Digital Signature and Electronic Authentication Law (SEAL)
- Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Matrix
of State Government Electronic and Digital Signatue
- McBride Baker & Coles, SUMMARY
OF ELECTRONIC COMMERCE AND DIGITAL SIGNATURE LEGISLATION
The US Digital Signature Standard
The Digital Signature Standard (DSS) is a
cryptographic standard promulgated by the National Institute of
Standards and Technology (NIST) in 1994. It has been adopted as the
federal standard for authenticating electronic documents, much as a
written signature verifies the authenticity of a paper document. The
DSS was the first cryptographic standard developed under the regime
established by the Computer Security Act, which was intended to limit
the role of the National Security Agency (NSA) in the development of
civilian standards. Documents obtained by EPIC under the Freedom of
Information Act have demonstrated that the DSS development process
was, in fact, dominated by NSA.
Law Reporter article detailing the development of the DSS and
the legal and policy issues involved.
- NIST's 1994 Federal Register notice announcing the final
adoption of the DSS as a Federal Information Processing
- NIST's 1991 Federal Register notice announcing the proposed
- RSA Data Security, Inc.'s letter
to Rep. Tim Valentine concerning the proposed DSS.
- NSA responses
to questions posed by Joe Abernathy of the Houston Chronicle.
- A description of the DSS from the January 1993 NIST
Computer Science Laboratory bulletin.
- Federal court brief
filed by CPSR arguing in support of the declassification of NIST
and NSA documents concerning the DSS.
- Analysis of NIST
documents concerning DSS released under the Freedom of
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