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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.

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