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Government of Canada Guidance on Using Electronic Signatures
From Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat. That guidance still applies and should be considered an integral part of this document. This document complements and expands on that guidance. The guidance issued in September is provided at Annex D for ease of reference. This guidance document is intended for GC departments and agencies contemplating the use of electronic signatures in support of their day-to-day business activities.
It should be noted that nothing stated within this document is intended to replace or override existing legislation or policy. The GC can achieve these goals, in part, by replacing paper-based processes with electronic practices that are more modern, faster and easier to use.
The concept of conducting business electronically is nothing new. These laws:. Whether a signature is paper-based or electronic, the fundamental purpose of the signature is the same. A signature can be that of a government official or a member of the public an individual or a business representative.
In some cases, the ability to support e-signatures from more than one individual is required. This requirement can be met in several ways, including through the use of email or a workflow management system. It aims to clarify:. This guidance is for GC departments Footnote 1 that are exploring the use of e-signatures in support of their day-to-day business activities. Jurisdictions throughout the world have adopted laws that recognize the validity of electronic documents and e-signatures.
Although frameworks and definitions vary by jurisdiction, their principles are largely the same. Footnote 2. Over the years, rather than choosing to opt in to PIPEDA, several departments and agencies have amended their own statutes to provide clarity regarding e-signatures and electronic documents more generally. For example, Employment and Social Development Canada has addressed this through its:.
Both of these regulations set out a requirement to support digital signatures in association with online electronic transfers. Therefore, from a technical perspective, a digital signature and a secure e-signature are essentially the same since both:. While Figure 1 emphasizes the importance of obtaining legal advice throughout the process, note that the various steps illustrated in Figure 1 will need to be performed in collaboration with other key personnel where appropriate as noted in Annex D.
The figure is a process flowchart that represents the following steps:. The Guideline on Defining Authentication Requirements outlines a methodology to determine the minimum assurance level Footnote 6 needed to achieve program objectives, deliver a service or properly execute a transaction.
This methodology can be applied in the context of e-signatures. Footnote 7 An assessment of assurance levels should consider the impact of threats, such as:. Once the assessment is complete and the assurance level requirement has been determined, procedural and technical controls can be selected and implemented.
Implementation guidance based on each assurance level is provided in Section 3: Guidance on implementing e-signatures. Depending on the context of the business activity or transaction, implementation considerations can include the following:. Note that the requirements associated with each of these areas will vary depending on the assurance level required for the e-signature, as discussed in the following subsections. As noted previously, associating individuals with a signed electronic record is one of the fundamental requirements for an e-signature, and therefore the assurance level of the authentication process and the e-signature are closely coupled.
Current GC guidance on authenticating users includes the following:. Essentially, the assurance level required for an e-signature dictates the assurance level required for user authentication, which in turn dictates the assurance level required for identity assurance and credential assurance.
The guidance documents listed above should be used to determine specific requirements at each assurance level, based on the following recommendations:. Section 2 discussed the various forms of e-signatures. This section sets out the type of e-signature recommended at each assurance level. However, other factors such as cost, usability and operational requirements must also be taken into consideration to determine the most sensible approach.
There may be requirements to include other supporting information, such as the time that the electronic data was signed. In addition, the integrity of the association between all of these elements must remain intact over time. Some of these elements may be captured and protected in different ways, including the use of system audit logs and, or as part of, the digital signature or secure e-signature.
All the supporting information, regardless of where or how it is stored, is collectively referred to as the transaction record. It is expected that certain system and information integrity security controls will be in place to protect the integrity of:. ITSG, Annex 1 , defines three integrity levels: low, medium and high. This document anticipates that GC systems and information will be protected at the medium integrity level. The profile of Protected B, medium integrity and medium availability, defined in ITSG, Annex 4A, Profile 1 , should be consulted to determine the minimum security controls that should be in place, particularly with respect to the following security control families:.
For non-cryptographic e-signatures, all the information necessary to validate the signature is expected to be available for as long as the record needs to be retained. The e-signature must be able to be verified and confirmed over time. For a digital signature or secure e-signature, there are a number of steps to ensure that the signing operation is performed with legitimate credentials at the time the electronic record is signed. These steps include verifying that the public key certificate that corresponds to the private signing key:.
However, over time, some aspects of validation that were in place when the electronic record was signed may change. For example, the public key certificate may expire, or it may be revoked. In addition, advancements in cryptography and computing capabilities may make a cryptographic algorithm or the associated key length used to perform the signing operation vulnerable at some point in the future. This is where the concept of long-term validation LTV becomes important.
Because circumstances will change over time, it is important to cryptographically bind certain information to the originally signed electronic document or record. Such information includes:. The procedure for LTV can be recursive to accommodate changes in circumstances over a long period so that the originally signed electronic document or record can be verified for many years or even decades. Technical specifications have been developed to support LTV based on the format or syntax of the electronic document or record as follows:.
Another consideration is a change to the format of the original electronic data document or record, such as when it is converted for long-term archiving. Changing the format will render the original digital signature or secure e-signature invalid, as the embedded data integrity check will fail.
In fact, the signature may be removed altogether because of the conversion. In some cases, it may be possible to create a new digital signature or secure e-signature for example, by using a trusted source to verify that the converted content was originally signed by a specific individual at a certain time.
However, such options may not be possible in all circumstances, and there may need to be another solution such as retaining metadata that indicates the circumstances under which the original content was signed such as who signed it, when it was signed, etc. Although expected to be extremely rare, there may be cases where a public key certificate is revoked with the invalidity date and time set to sometime in the past.
This could be due to several reasons, including discovering that the private signing key had been compromised but the compromise was not detected until some point in the future. This could mean that a digital signature or secure e-signature that was thought to be valid at the time it was created is actually invalid, as the certificate status should have been revoked at the time the electronic document or record was signed.
In this case, procedural steps which are outside the scope of this document must be taken to determine whether the signature was created by the claimed individual and under the appropriate circumstances. Third-party service providers offer various forms of e-signature services that the GC can use, under appropriate circumstances.
Business owners must assess whether a third-party service can be used based on:. In addition, third-party solutions should be based on industry-accepted standards. Proprietary solutions should be avoided wherever possible to prevent vendor lock-in and to promote interoperability. There are a number of reasons that services provided by third parties may be considered. For example, a third-party vendor may offer a suitable workflow product that meets the needs of the department that is, it supports a given business requirement and meets the e-signature and audit requirements.
Another example is where a cloud service provider offers acceptable e-signature capabilities to support a GC application hosted in the cloud. Another consideration is when the GC is interacting with external businesses and individuals. Digital signatures created by the GC need to be verified by these external entities, and therefore it will be necessary to use certificates that have been issued by CAs that are recognized external to the GC.
Footnote 9 There may also be circumstances where a digital signature is generated by an external entity that will also need to be recognized by the GC. This document aims to clarify the interpretation and implementation practices for using e-signatures. Its goal is to provide cost-effective and sensible solutions that enhance the user experience and reduce the time required to conduct day-to-day business activities where e-signatures can be applied in place of paper-based approaches.
The choice of the specific e signature method and associated implementation requirements suggested at this level as identified in this row are to be determined by the business owner. Additional risk mitigation measures may be required for non-cryptographic e signatures at Assurance Level 3. If a PKI-based soft token is used to support the e signature requirement, the authentication process must be complemented with an appropriate second authentication token.
Return to table 2 note 1 referrer. A multi-factor hardware cryptographic device must be used at this assurance level. Although a multi-factor one-time-password device meets the authentication requirements for Assurance Level 4, it does not have the necessary functionality to support a secure e-signature.
Return to table 2 note 2 referrer. This Appendix lists sources of information from national and international jurisdictions that address e-signatures. Definitions of terms used in these sources are also summarized. This information is used to help establish the basic concepts behind e-signatures outlined in this document.
Sources from non-Canadian jurisdictions are included in order to:. An e-signature, defined in this way, functions as a signature in law. As stated in the UECA guide, the act itself does not set any technical standard for the production of a valid signature.
As a result, e-signatures can be constituted in a number of ways unless rules dictate otherwise. Footnote Non-Canadian sources of interest that address terms and concepts related to e-signatures include:. It should also be noted that the description provided in the SES Regulations is so granular that it actually prescribes a specific digital signature algorithm.
Footnote 13 Whether this was intentional to promote interoperability or not it was assumed at the time that all digital signature algorithms have the same mathematical properties is unclear. In any case, ITSP. Although ITSP.
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A digital signature is an electronic fingerprint uniquely identifying the signing person. Be sure to check out our blog post about electronic signatures in a PDF , which explains how digital signatures work and when they are needed. You should also take a look at the For general information on how digital signatures work, please read the digital signature entry on Wikipedia. PSPDFKit allows signing both existing signature form elements and documents without a signature form element.
Since that time, this paper has taken on a life of its own Does increased security provide comfort to paranoid people? Or does security provide some very basic protections that we are naive to believe that we don't need? During this time when the Internet provides essential communication between literally billions of people and is used as a tool for commerce, social interaction, and the exchange of an increasing amount of personal information, security has become a tremendously important issue for every user to deal with. There are many aspects to security and many applications, ranging from secure commerce and payments to private communications and protecting health care information. One essential aspect for secure communications is that of cryptography.
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From Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat.
Confidentiality Confidentiality is the ability to keep communications secret from parties other than the intended recipient. It is achieved by encrypting data with strong algorithms. The SSL protocol provides a secure mechanism that enables two communicating parties to negotiate the strongest algorithm they both support and to agree on the keys with which to encrypt the data. Integrity Integrity is a guarantee that the data being transferred has not been modified in transit. The same handshake mechanism which allows the two parties to agree on algorithms and keys also allows the two ends of an SSL connection to establish shared data integrity secrets which are used to ensure that when data is received any modifications will be detected.
A PDF document can be encrypted to protect its content from unauthorized access. The Standard Security handler allows you to define access permissions and up to two passwords: An user password, to open the document with respect to the defined access permissions and an owner password which will give you full access to the document. The Public-Key Security handler allows you to specify unique access permissions for different recipients.
For best value, consider purchasing a Red Carpet Subscription [ learn more ]. For future development please consider using the latest version. Few can deny the importance of electronic signatures in modern business. Companies that use electronic documents rely on electronic signatures to protect their documents and to ensure trust and confidence with their business practices. The European Directive on a community framework for Electronic Signatures defines an electronic signature as "data in electronic form which is attached to or logically associated with other electronic data and which serves as a method of authentication.