> when we were called into help word-smith the cal. state and later the
> fed. electronic signature law ... a lot of effort went into making the
> wording technology agnostic as well as trying to avoid confusing
> authentication and identification.

We've been discussing those very same topics within Europe for
many years now. When some EU Member States (Germany, Austria, ...)
already had very stringent signature laws the EU was kind of
forced to act. They tried to enact a signature directive which
they thought would be as technology neutral as possible. And
although that approach seemed to be a good one they failed:
they were overambitious wrt certain issues, what's more the
implementation of the directive into national legislation
lead to 20+ different EU signature laws:


In 2003 we wrote a report for the European Commission,
trying to compare the situation throughout the Member States
as well as focussing on practical applications:



Stefan Kelm
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