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InfoWorld: Maryland Legislature caves to UCITA, but Iowa may offer a safe haven from law

Apr 27, 2000, 14:50 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ed Foster)

"This brings me to the first and most important defensive measure every IT organization should take to prepare for a world where UCITA exists even in a few states: Starting now, demand that vendors warrant that their products are not self-help capable. Make that demand a critical part of your software procurement process. According to some readers, not only are many corporations doing just that, but several government agencies are also considering revisions to their procurement practices. This isn't surprising, particularly in the case of organizations for critical infrastructures. The possibility that any software inside the firewall could have unknown self-help mechanisms raises enormous security issues. Corporations and agencies that don't start asking vendors very pointed questions will soon be guilty of a dereliction of duty."

"Several concerned corporations in Iowa have helped promote what has been called bomb-shelter legislation to protect all Iowa customers, consumers, and businesses from UCITA or UCITA-like laws in other states."

"The bomb-shelter law says that a transaction between an Iowa party and a party that tries to invoke the law of a UCITA state will instead be subject to the laws of Iowa -- a fine example of Midwestern common sense, if you ask me. An amendment to this effect was passed by the Iowa House as part of its Electronic Transaction Act (HF 2205) and now awaits consideration by the Senate. Software industry lobbyists are swarming into the state like angry mosquitoes. Perhaps some of the common sense that has been lacking on either shore of the Potomac will be found in more abundance in the Midwest."

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