The Law of Electronic Signature and Peculiarities of its Implementation in Lithuania

Authors

  • Rimantas Garuckas, Adolfas Kazili√Ľnas Vilnius University

Keywords:

electronic signature, public and private keys, certificate, data protection, legislation.

Abstract

These days information technologies improve rapidly in raising information society and opening wide opportunities
to provide some services electronically. It became necessary to create an effective and secure system which
could ensure efficient provision of electronic services. For this purpose an electronic signatare was created, which
is equated to a written signature. This article emphasizes the urgency to use an electronic signature, describing the
legislative framework, and analyzes the implementation of the law of electronic signature in Lithuania. Firstly, the
meaning of electronic signature based on definitions given in Lithuanian legal acts and international documents is
explained. Also, the opportunities of usage of electronic signature are discussed. The practice of using electronic
signature in Lithuania has been analyzed, positive and negative aspects have been identified. In this article a lot of
attention is paid to differences of legislation of electronic signature and the possibilities of its implementation,
which reduce the efficiency of an electronic signature.
The object of this article is the law of electronic signature and a problem of its implementation in Lithuania.
The article analyzes some legal acts related to electronic signature and its effect in Lithuania, evaluates the implementation
process of the law of electronic signature and analyzes its features.

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Published

2008-06-28

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