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German Internet Users Want Digital Signatures

[Berlin, GERMANY] Many German Internet users are impatiently waiting for the arrival of the digital signature. This was the result of a recent survey by the opinion poll institute Forsa, commissioned by the German magazine 'Online Today'.

52 percent of those interviewed greet the introduction of the electronic signature. However, big misgivings still prevail with users: only 40 percent of those questioned would actually use the technology themselves. 503 persons were questioned in total.

Among the users who are online on a daily basis, 36 percent expect a secure and confidential communication structure through the introduction of the digital signature. With the group of users who use the Internet less often, this figure is only 25 percent. The Forsa survey also revealed that 40 percent of users would use the digital signature for business transactions despite security misgivings.

The digital signature law makes the validity of the electronic signature equal to that of the handwritten signature. Eventually, over 90 percent of all legal transactions can be completed via e-mail using a qualified electronic signature.