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Chapter 10. Security > XML Digital Signatures (XMLDSIG)

10.4. XML Digital Signatures (XMLDSIG)

The XML Signature technology was developed by the IETF/W3C XMLDSIG group chartered in response to the June 16, 2000 E-Sign act, which made digital signatures legally binding. Under the act, online and electronic contracts signed in the private sector with an electronic signature have the same legal force as paper contracts. Agencies already are using electronic signatures under the authority of the Government Paperwork Elimination Act of 1999.

The first operational certificate was used by President Clinton and issued on the General Service Administration (GSA) access certificates for electronic services contract. That contract is intended to provide a government-wide vehicle for agencies to use and implement digital certificates for their online services.


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