ELECTRONIC TRANSACTIONS ACT, 2001

(Act 8 of 2001)

Part II
Digital Signature

3. (1) Subject to the provisions of this section any subscriber of may authenticate an electronic record by affixing his digital signature.

(2) The authentication of an electronic record shall be effected by the use of an asymmetric crypto system and hash function. For the purposes of this subsection. "hash function" means an algorithm mapping or translation of one sequence of bits into another. generally smaller, set known as "hash result' such that an electronic record yields the same hash result every time the algorithm is executed with the same electronic record as its input making it computationally infeasible —

(a)To derive or reconstruct the original electronic record from the hash result produced by the algorithm;

(b)That two electronic records can produce the same hash result using the algorithm.

(3) Any person by the use of a public key of the subscriber may verify the electronic record

(4) The private key and the public key are unique to the subscriber and constitute a functioning key pair.