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New reports: Cross-border Privacy, and Electronic Signature

by Robin Wilton  |  January 4, 2012  |  3 Comments

Happy New Year!

On the assumption that you probably had enough to do in December, what with the usual year-end rush and the Christmas break, I didn’t blog about the two new reports of mine that came out in the middle of the month. You can get to them if you have an IT1 subscription…

The first is about Simplifying Cross-Border Privacy Compliance; in it, I build on last year’s Catalyst presentation to develop a couple of simple models for analysing privacy risk. The goal is to help organisations define a manageably simple framework for coping with the differing privacy regimes in which they may do business.

The second paper, “Electronic Signature: Is It Safe To Break The Rules Yet?”, reflects my research into how the market for digital signature has evolved since that technology first hit the market in the mid to late 90s. Although most digital signature laws remain unchanged since their introduction around the turn of the millennium, electronic signature, as a business tool, is now a lot more varied and nuanced than “digital signature using public key technology”. This paper looks at the implications of a more pragmatic, business-oriented approach.

As ever, if you have any comments or questions, I’d welcome feedback via the blog (or by email if you’re shy… ;^)


Robin Wilton
Research Director
26 years IT industry

Robin Wilton is a research director with a particular interest in digital identity and privacy (and their relationship to public policy), access control and single sign-on, and the productive use of public key infrastructures. Read Full Bio

Thoughts on New reports: Cross-border Privacy, and Electronic Signature

  1. e-signature says:

    I am interested in going through your research paper “Electronic Signature: Is It Safe To Break The Rules Yet?”.

  2. Jim Tebay says:

    Interest stems from looking at business process integration of esigs and the evolution from a standalone technology, thanks.

  3. Hello, Robin!
    I’m very interested in Gartner’s researches about Electronic Signature.
    We’ve applied for a subscription, but the answer was to wait for 2 months. Is it possible to get these papers some other way?


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