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Title: Electronic Signature Policies
Author(s): J. Ross, D. Pinkas, N. Pope
Date: September 2001
I-D Tag: draft-ietf-smime-espolicies-00.txt
This document defines signature policies for electronic signatures.
A signature policy is a set of rules for the creation and validation
of an electronic signature, under which the validity of signature can
be determined. A given legal/contractual context may recognize a
particular signature policy as meeting its requirements.
A signature policy has a globally unique reference, which is bound to
an electronic signature by the signer as part of the signature
The signature policy needs to be available in human readable form so
that it can be assessed to meet the requirements of the legal and
contractual context in which it is being applied.
To allow for the automatic processing of an electronic signature
another part of the signature policy specifies the electronic
rules for the creation and validation of the electronic signature in
a computer processable form. In the current document the format of
the signature policy is defined using ASN.1.
The contents of this document is based on the signature policy defined
in ETSI TS 101 733 V.1.2.2 (2000-12) Copyright (C). Individual copies
of this ETSI deliverable can be downloaded from http://www.etsi.org.
This document is a product of the S/MIME Mail Security Working Group
of the IETF.
This memo defines an Experimental Protocol for the Internet community.
It does not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Discussion and
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