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SEC accepts digital signatures

A new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission policy may signal a permanent change in the way identities and documents are verified. The agency has begun accepting official documents filed over the Internet bearing the filer’s digital signature generated using public/private key encryption. The SEC is using Verisign’s certificate infrastructure and will use certs to verify identities for those wishing to download SEC documents as well. In a related story, the National Notary Association (NNA) just announced it will be adopting a process, also based on public key technology, that will allow notaries to digitally sign electronic documents to assure their authenticity.

For more information on the SEC policy, see www.techweb.com. To read about the NNA’s new procedure, see dailynews.yahoo.com.

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