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Israel: Electronic Signature

(July 6, 2010) On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law amending the 2001 Electronic Signature Law. The original law was designed to facilitate the issuance by the state of electronically signed documents. The new law adds a definition to the previously undefined term “information” used to facilitate the authentification of electronic signatures. The law, thus, now applies the definition of this term as provided in the Computer Law, 5755-1995, as amended. Accordingly, information that may be used for such authentification means data, signals, terms, or directions, not including software, saved on a computer or another storage medium, as long as they are not designed for exclusive use in support of a computer.

The law further amends several provisions to enable the state to meet substantive requirements that are largely based on international standards, necessitated by its status as a state. The law lists situations in which state electronic documents are authorized, including for the issuance of certain biometric identification documents and for the carrying out of duties by state employees. (Electronic Signature (Amendment No. 2 and Temporary Provision) Law, 5770-2010, & bill of that law, (both last visited July 2, 2010).)