VeriSign is moving closer to becoming a Certifying Authority for digital IDs with the introduction yesterday of its VeriSign Certification Practice Statement (CPS) Version 1.0. The CPS will serve as a guideline for allowing Internet users to prove they are who they purport to be when sending email and doing other transactions over the World Wide Web. The CPS governs how users will be granted digital IDs from a Certifying Authority (CA) and how those digital IDs will be proof of the user's identity to online merchants and others.
"The VeriSign CPS is a pioneering achievement being the first set of detailed rules for general secure electronic commerce," says Mads Bryde Andersen, chairman of the Danish Government IT Security Council. "Its implementation will provide a huge step towards certainty in digital transactions."
The CPS, drafted by experts in law and technology and officials from state and federal agencies worldwide, draws upon the American Bar Association's model EDI trading partner agreements and Digital Signature Guidelines, the Model Law on Electronic Commerce recently completed by the UN Commission on International Trade Law, and other domestic and international standards.
VeriSign has also announced the availability of Digital IDs for Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 users. Users can register for and receive a free Class 1 Digital ID, valid for six months, or a Class 2 Digital ID, which has a higher level of assurance, for an annual fee of US$12.
Individuals can obtain their Digital IDs from the VeriSign Digital ID Center at http://www.digitalid.verisign.com.
VeriSign is on the Web at http://www.verisign.com.