GOVERNMENT USE OF ELECTRONIC RECORDS AND SIGNATURES
—(1) Any department or ministry of the Government, organ of State or statutory corporation that, pursuant to any written law —
accepts the filing of documents, or requires that documents be created or retained;
issues any permit, licence or approval; or
provides for the method and manner of payment,
may, notwithstanding anything to the contrary in such written law —
accept the filing of such documents, or the creation or retention of such documents in the form of electronic records;
issue such permit, licence or approval in the form of electronic records; or
make such payment in electronic form.
(2) In any case where a department or ministry of the Government, organ of State or statutory corporation decides to perform any of the functions in subsection (1)(i), (ii) or (iii), such agency may specify —
the manner and format in which such electronic records shall be filed, created, retained or issued;
where such electronic records have to be signed, the type of electronic signature required (including, if applicable, a requirement that the sender use a digital signature or other secure electronic signature);
the manner and format in which such signature shall be affixed to the electronic record, and the identity of or criteria that shall be met by any certification authority used by the person filing the document;
control processes and procedures as appropriate to ensure adequate integrity, security and confidentiality of electronic records or payments; and
any other required attributes for electronic records or payments that are currently specified for corresponding paper documents.
(3) Nothing in this Act shall by itself compel any department or ministry of the Government, organ of State or statutory corporation to accept or issue any document in the form of electronic records.