- legal environment effecting e-business
|Bill 88||Ontario Government e-commerce legislation
EĖCommerce Act, 2000
"Bill 88 contains important functional
equivalency rules, which help ensure that the use of electronic communication,
as opposed to paper documents,does not affect the validity of communications.
For example, when the law stipulates that information must be in writing,
the electronic equivalent is acceptable if it is "accessible so as to be
useable for subsequent reference."
What is "functional equivalence".
Gabe Takach. Mr. Takach is a partner at the Toronto law firm of Tory Tory, where he heads up the firmís technology contracting practice.
Where does this Ontario e-commerce legislation come from - and, why do any of these Acts and Laws seem similar around the world?
In Ontario, Bill 88 is based on the Uniform Electronic Commerce Act which was adopted by the Uniform Law Conference of Canada in 1999.The UECA of Canada is in turn, modelled after the United Nations Model Law on Electronic Commerce of 1996.