The British Chambers of Commerce(BCC) and Globalsign, the European Trusted Network of Internet Certification Authorities, have today confirmed the structure for a UK wide framework for issuing digital certificates to local businesses.
Throughout this month the BCC will be holding a series of workshops across the country to prepare Approved Local Chambers for their role as ?trusted third party? Registration Authorities (RAs) in secure business to business ecommerce.
This joint initiative is in line with proposed legal framework and forthcoming legislation for the issuing, registration and management of Digital Certificates in the UK.
UK businesses will be able to request Digital Certificates at their local Approved Chamber. Once issued, the Class Three Certificates allow users to prove electronically their own trade credentials and confirm those of potential business partners on the Internet.
This level of digital ID also ensures confidentiality of transactions and can be used contractually with the same legal power as hand written signatures.
Anthony Belpaire, managing director at GlobalSign commented: ?The issue of trust is key for the growth of ecommerce across all business sectors. The framework is now in place for the BCC and Globalsign to fill this role to the advantage of British businesses."
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