Electronic Transactions Act 2011 (Act No. 8 of 2011)
This provides for the use, security, facilitation and regulation of electronic communications and transactions; encourage the use of e-Government services and provide for related matters;
- The Act creates a light handed regulatory regime for electronic transactions.
- It facilitates the development of e-commerce in Uganda by broadly removing existing legal impediments that may prevent a person from transacting electronically because of omission in the traditional laws.
- It makes provision for functional equivalence, thus paper transactions and electronic transactions are treated equally before the law.
- Establishes rules that validate and recognizes contracts formed through electronic means
- Sets default rules for contract formation and governance of electronic contract performance
- Defines the characteristics of a valid electronic writing and an original document
- Supports the admission of computer evidence in courts and arbitration proceedings