Internet laws considered

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 September, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 17 September, 1998, 12:00am

Laws on transactions via the Internet are being considered, said Secretary for Information Technology and Broadcasting Kwong Ki-chi.

The Government had received submissions from 44 companies expressing interest in providing online public services, he said.

'In the not too distant future, we will be able to transact business with government online . . . through the use of information kiosks installed at convenient public locations, personal computers at home or in the office, by telephone through interactive voice response systems or interactive television,' he said.

Mr Kwong said the scheme would be a catalyst for the developing electronic commerce in the private sector.

The Post Office had agreed to set up a public certification authority, which would provide a secure database of electronic signatures.