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Digital Signature Act 1997 [Act 562]

47 Suspension of certificate by Commission or court   cite [+]

(1) Unless the certificate provides otherwise or the certificate is a transactional certificate, the Commission or a court may suspend a certificate issued by a licensed certification authority for a period of forty-eight hours, if-

(a) a person identifying himself as the subscriber named in the certificate or as an agent, business associate, employee or member of the immediate family of the subscriber requests suspension; and

(b) the requester represents that the licensed certification authority which issued the certificate is unavailable.


(2) The Commission or court may require the person requesting suspension to provide evidence, including a statement under oath or affirmation regarding his identity and authorization, and the unavailability of the issuing licensed certification authority, and may decline to suspend the certificate in its discretion.

(3) The Commission or other law enforcement agency may investigate suspensions by the Commission or court for possible wrongdoing by persons requesting suspension.

48 Notice of suspension   cite [+]

(1) Immediately upon suspension of a certificate by a licensed certification authority, the licensed certification authority shall publish a signed notice of the suspension in the repository specified in the certificate for publication of notice of suspension.

(2) Where one or more repositories are specified, the licensed certification authority shall publish signed notices of the suspension in all such repositories.

(3) Where any repository specified no longer exists or refuses to accept publication, or if no such repository is recognized under section 68, the licensed certification authority shall also publish the notice in a recognized repository.

(4) Where a certificate is suspended by the Commission or a court, the Commission or court shall give notice as required in this section for a licensed certification authority provided that the person requesting suspension pays in advance any prescribed fee required by a repository for publication of the notice of suspension.

49 Termination of suspension initiated by request   cite [+]

A licensed certification authority shall terminate a suspension initiated by request-

(a) where the subscriber named in the suspended certificate requests termination of the suspension, only if the licensed certification authority has confirmed that the person requesting suspension is the subscriber or an agent of the subscriber authorized to terminate the suspension; or

(b) where the licensed certification authority discovers and confirms that the request for the suspension was made without authorization by the subscriber.

50 Alternate contractual procedures   cite [+]

(1) The contract between a subscriber and a licensed certification authority may limit or preclude requested suspension by the licensed certification authority or may provide otherwise for termination of a requested suspension.

(2) Where the contract limits or precludes suspension by the Commission or a court when the issuing licensed certification authority is unavailable, the limitation or preclusion shall be effective only if notice of it is published in the certificate.

51 Prohibition against false or unauthorized request for suspension of certificate   cite [+]

No person shall knowingly or intentionally misrepresent to a licensed certification authority his identity or authorization in requesting suspension of a certificate.

52 Effect of suspension of certificate   cite [+]

Nothing in this Chapter shall release the subscriber from the duty under section 43 to keep the private key secure while a certificate is suspended.

Chapter 6   cite [+]

REVOCATION OF CERTIFICATE

53 Revocation on request   cite [+]

(1) A licensed certification authority shall revoke a certificate which it issued but which is not a transactional certificate,-

(a) upon receiving a request for revocation by the subscriber named in the certificate; and

(b) upon confirming that the person requesting revocation is that subscriber or is an agent of that subscriber with authority to request the revocation.


(2) A licensed certification authority shall confirm a request for revocation and revoke a certificate within one business day after receiving both a subscriber's written request and evidence reasonably sufficient to confirm the identity of the person requesting the revocation or of the agent.

54 Revocation on subscriber's death or dissolution   cite [+]

(1) A licensed certification authority shall revoke a certificate which it issued-

(a) upon receiving a certified copy of the subscriber's death certificate or upon confirming by other evidence that the subscriber is dead; or

(b) upon presentation of documents effecting a dissolution of the subscriber or upon confirming by other evidence that the subscriber has been dissolved or has ceased to exist.

55 Revocation of unreliable certificates   cite [+]

(1) A licensed certification authority may revoke one or more certificates which it issued if the certificates are or become unreliable regardless of whether the subscriber consents to the revocation and notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in a contract between the subscriber and the licensed certification authority.

(2) Nothing in subsection (1) shall prevent the subscriber from seeking damages or other relief against the licensed certification authority in the event of wrongful revocation.

56 Notice of revocation   cite [+]

(1) Immediately upon revocation of a certificate by a licensed certification authority, the licensed certification authority shall publish a signed notice of the revocation in the repository specified in the certificate for publication of notice of revocation.

(2) Where one or more repositories are specified, the licensed certification authority shall publish signed notices of the revocation in all such repositories.

(3) Where any repository specified no longer exists or refuses to accept publication, or if no such repository is recognized under section 68, the licensed certification authority shall also publish the notice in a recognized repository.


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