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EDI, or Electronic Data Interchange, refers to the electronic transfer of structured data in the form of agreed standard messages from computer to computer. This article concerns the problematic legal aspects of EDI - more specifically, of relations between partners in commerce, administration and the professions, as opposed to relations between ordinary individuals on a non-commercial basis. It describes the wide implications of EDI and the constraints placed on it by legislation in the twelve member states, before reviewing the various international and European Community initiatives. Laws and commercial practices tend to require support documents, personally signed at a specified time and place. Speeding up commercial exchanges, EDI covers the sending, transmission, reception and storage of messages. Improved security will lessen the risk of technical failure. The aim of legislation tends to be to limit responsibility where failure occurs.

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Authors: TROYE A, CEC Bruxelles (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Informations du Commerce Exterieur, Vol.II (1990) pp. 17-20
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