MINISTER E-SIGNS UK/CANADA E-BUSINESS PACT Thursday 22 February 2001 PDF Print A joint statement issued during the Prime Minister Tony Blair's visit to Canada on how the two governments aim to further the growth of e-commerce has been digitally signed this morning by UK Minister for e-commerce Patricia Hewitt. Using a digital certificate issued to her by ViaCode, Royal Mail's digital security service, Ms Hewitt set the seal on the statement with her own digital signature, adding to that already applied to the electronic document by Canada's Minister of Industry The Hon. Brian Tobin. As well as committing the UK and Canadian governments to exploring the secure bilateral exchange of electronic information, today's agreement also unites them in working to achieve electronic trust globally. ViaCode is the UK's largest provider of third-party digital security services to the public and private sectors. ViaCode digital certificates use full-strength 128-bit cryptography. A secure key-backup and recovery facility means critical information, previously encrypted, is not lost in the event of a certificate being damaged or mislaid. Separate key pairs for encryption and signing mean ViaCode digital signatures are non-deniable. Further editorial information: Alison Ingleby - 020 7847 3391 Kevin Fiske - 0118 934 4007 This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of The Sage Partnership in the following categories: Consumer Technology, Personal Finance, Business & Finance, Computing & Telecoms, for more information visit https://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.