Secretary — Duties.
(1) The secretary must publish a certification authority disclosure record for each licensed certification authority, and a list of all judgments filed with the secretary, within the previous five years, under RCW 19.34.290.
(2) The secretary may adopt rules consistent with this chapter and in furtherance of its purposes:
(a) To license certification authorities, recognize repositories, certify operative personnel, and govern the practices of each;
(b) To determine the form and amount reasonably appropriate for a suitable guaranty, in light of the burden a suitable guaranty places upon licensed certification authorities and the assurance of quality and financial responsibility it provides to persons who rely on certificates issued by licensed certification authorities;
(c) To specify reasonable requirements for information to be contained in or the form of certificates, including transactional certificates, issued by licensed certification authorities, in accordance with generally accepted standards for digital signature certificates;
(d) To specify reasonable requirements for recordkeeping by licensed certification authorities;
(e) To specify reasonable requirements for the content, form, and sources of information in certification authority disclosure records, the updating and timeliness of the information, and other practices and policies relating to certification authority disclosure records;
(f) To specify the form of and information required in certification practice statements, as well as requirements regarding the publication of certification practice statements;
(g) To specify the procedure and manner in which a certificate may be suspended or revoked, as consistent with this chapter;
(h) To specify the procedure and manner by which the laws of other jurisdictions may be recognized, in order to further uniform rules regarding the authentication and reliability of electronic messages; and
(i) Otherwise to give effect to and implement this chapter.
(3) The secretary may act as a certification authority, and the certificates issued by the secretary shall be treated as having been issued by a licensed certification authority.
[1999 c 287 § 4; 1997 c 27 § 1; 1996 c 250 § 104.]
| Effective date -- 1999 c 287: See note following RCW 19.34.010.|
Effective date -- 1997 c 27: "Sections 1 through 23, 25 through 27, and 29 through 34 of this act take effect January 1, 1998." [1997 c 27 § 35.]
Severability -- 1997 c 27: "If any provision of this act or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the remainder of the act or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances is not affected." [1997 c 27 § 36.]