[cabfpub] [cabfman] Ballot [94] - Adoption of CA/Browser Forum Bylaws

kirk_hall at trendmicro.com kirk_hall at trendmicro.com
Thu Nov 15 22:17:14 UTC 2012

On this point, I revert to what I have said before – I have never believed that CAs themselves (alone) could impose requirements on other CAs – their competitors – through the Forum or otherwise.  That raises serious competition and antitrust issues.

I have always viewed the Forum as a place where CAs and browsers together can develop recommendations for best practices via Guidelines – but they are not binding on any CA because of Forum action.  The Guidelines only become binding on CAs if one or more browsers independently choose to incorporate them as requirements for participation in their trusted root programs.

For this reason, I don’t think any recommended requirement or best practices guideline should ever be adopted by the Forum without positive input (i.e., a yes vote) from at least one browser.

From: public-bounces at cabforum.org [mailto:public-bounces at cabforum.org] On Behalf Of Rich Smith
Sent: Thursday, November 15, 2012 2:04 PM
To: 'Eddy Nigg (StartCom Ltd.)'; public at cabforum.org
Subject: Re: [cabfpub] [cabfman] Ballot [94] - Adoption of CA/Browser Forum Bylaws

From: public-bounces at cabforum.org [mailto:public-bounces at cabforum.org] On Behalf Of Eddy Nigg (StartCom Ltd.)
[RWS] <snip> If a change to the guidelines doesn't provide any benefit to the relying parties (e.g. browsers) then it might be questionable if it's really necessary or if it's just something some CAs would like to have. [RWS] </snip>
[RWS] But if it doesn't have any detrimental effect to relying parties and is beneficial to CAs and/or their customers, then I would definitely not call that unnecessary.  Going back to ballot 88 we had placed restrictions that had real consequences for a subscriber with a very legitimate use case.  I don't consider the changes made by that ballot unnecessary at all.  And I think the government of a widely recognized independent country whose problem we solved would agree.

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