Contract: Electronic Data Interchange

Data Oversight - Man overseeing data

This post is part of a series of posts entitled A Legal Guide to the Internet. For a comprehensive list of articles contained in this series, click here.

Electronic data interchange (or EDI) has been in existence for some time and detailed trading partner agreements can avoid many of the costs and concerns in doing business on-line via EDI. Basically, EDI is the same as an e-mail with the addition of a command structure set for automatic processing. E-Sign, discussed above, validates EDI in that electronic transactions are given the same validity as paper documents. A model EDI agreement is available from the American Bar Association. You can order a copy of The Commercial Use of Electronic Data Interchange: AReport and Model Trading Partner Agreement from the American Bar Association at 312/988-5522.

This and the following posts have been copied or adopted from A Legal Guide To The INTERNET – Sixth Edition, published through a collaborative effort by the Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development and Merchant & Gould.