An international coalition that includes American Express Co., First Data Corp., and MetLife has launched a campaign for what it calls consistent and equitable digital signature laws.

The Electronic Commerce Forum, which began as an informal grouping in March 1996, aired its views Wednesday at a congressional hearing in Washington along with speakers from Visa International, Citicorp, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Zions First National Bank of Salt Lake City. Paul Dorey, head of global operational risk management at Barclays Bank of London, made the forum's call for "a favorable regulatory framework that builds trust and confidence" in on-line commerce through all channels.

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