GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF BANGLADESH
THE LAW COMMISSION
SUBJECT:–WORKING PAPER ON THE LAW OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
OFFICE OF THE LAW COMMISSION
OLD HIGH COURT BUILDING
FEBRUARY 19, 2002
The invention of computers and introduction of digital technology have significantly changed our trade and commerce. Instead of traditional commerce where documentation is paper based and commodities are carried manually, in electronic commerce important parts of international business deal such as, offer, acceptance, signing of contract and payment instructions are made, done and communicated through electronic media. Electronic commerce is easier, cheaper, and much less time consuming compared to the manually done traditional commerce. In spite of such advantages our businessmen are reluctant to completely switch over to E-commerce specially in matters of domestic trade. It is due to the absence of adequate legal protection to electronic commerce in our domestic law.
The Law Commission with a view to bringing about a change in the matter, took up a research work on the subject. This working paper containing a proposal for the enactment of a new law titled “Information Technology (Electronic Transactions) Act, 2002” is the outcome of that research work.
This working paper, prepared on 12 February 2001, is circulated for eliciting comments and opinions only. It does not represent the concluding views of the Commission. The Commission would be grateful if comments and opinions on the working paper are sent to it on or before 15 April 2002. All correspondence should be addressed to :
Bangladesh Law Commission
Old High Court Building
Dhaka – 1000
Tel : 955904, 9559005
Fax : 9560843
It may be helpful for the Commission, either in discussion with others concerned or in any subsequent recommendations, to be able to refer to and attribute comments submitted in response to this working paper. Any request, to treat all or part of a response in confidence will be respected, but if no such request is made the Commission will assume that the response is not intended to be confidential.
Working Paper on The law of Information Technology
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ATTRIBUTION, ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND DESPATCH OF FLECTRONIC RECORDS
PENALTIES AND ADJUDICATION
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