RMail, RSign and the Law – UK

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RMail Registered E-mail™ Services and Evidence issues within the United Kingdom Legal System

This review of the admissibility and evidential weight of RPost’s Registered E-mail™ service in the United Kingdom presents the following conclusions: (1) DELIVERY PROOF: RPost’s Registered E-mail service provides a record of sending and receiving in accordance with the European Electronic Commerce Directive (2000/31/EC) and today’s eIDAS by recording the recipient’s server’s receipt thereof; (2) CONTENT PROOF: The encryption and tamper-detectability of RPost’s Registered Email™ service preserves the contents of e-mails and their attachments so as to satisfy process requirements designed under the European Electronic Commerce Directive (2000/31/EC) and today’s eIDAS, and evidence law and to establish evidence of content; (3) OFFICIAL TIME STAMP: RPost’s link to a trusted and objective time source provides essential and credible evidence in disputes in which the time an e-mail was sent or received is material to the case; (4) ADMISSIBLE EVIDENCE: RPost’s Registered E-mail™ service receipts are admissible as to their fact of delivery, as to their trusted time of delivery and as to the authenticity of their content; (5) FUNCTIONAL EQUIVALENCE: RPost’s Registered E-mail™ service, under European Electronic Commerce Directive (2000/31/EC) and today’s eIDAS, can serve as the functional equivalent of paper mail, to be used in lieu of certified mail, registered mail, return receipt mail, private express mail services, fax logs and similar types of paper mail services.