Queen may give E-commerce Bill a digital signature
The Queen is considering using a digital signature to give Royal Assent to the government's Electronic Commerce Bill.
Buckingham Palace confirmed that the Department of Trade and Industryhas put the suggesting to the Monarch and she was looking at theimplications of such a move.
Ministers are keen to pesuade her to do it, believing it would be a symbolic gesture towards the new electronic age showing the digital signatures have the same effect as putting pen to paper.
A Palace spokesman said: ‘The idea has been put to us. It is at anearly stage and no decision ahs been taken. It is not completelystraightforward and there are many implications to be considered.’