Security on the Internet

Subject: Security on the Internet
From: Barbara Schleihagen (
Date: ma 03 marras 1997 - 18:22:48 EET

From the October issue of EBLIDA's Hot news:

Information technology: European Commissionís policy framework for
security on the Internet

On 8 October the European Commission published a communication on security
on the Internet, to ensure that differing legal and technical regulations
in the Member States are no serious obstacle to the internal market, and
especially to electronic commerce.

Cryptographic technologies, such as digital signatures and encryption, are
increasingly being used to improve the security on open networks such as
the Internet. Some Member States have already introduced regulations in
this area, and others are planning to do so. The European Commission
considers that Europe cannot afford a divided regulatory landscape in a
field that is so vital for the economy and society. According to the
Commissionís communication, a European regulatory framework is needed for
digital signatures and other cryptographic technologies.

A hearing about the topic digital signature and encryption will be
organised at the beginning of next year in order to consult governments,
industry and consumers. Part of the policy framework is also a key action
on electronic commerce under the Fifth Framework programme for research and
development. In the first half of 1998 the Commission intends to propose
legislation in the area of digital signatures. The Commission has created a
European Internet Forum as a means to inform and exchange information. For
more information on the European Internet Forum please visit:

*************************************************************************> EBLIDA
Barbara Schleihagen, Director
Heidi Grootscholten, EU Policy Officer
P.O. Box 43300
NL-2504 AH The Hague
Tel: +31-70-309 06 08
Fax: +31-70-309 07 08

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