[cabfpub] Ballot 122 - Verified Method of Communication

Rich Smith richard.smith at comodo.com
Fri May 2 13:59:03 UTC 2014

Comodo votes YES


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Subject: [cabfpub] Ballot 122 - Verified Method of Communication


Voting starts today.  (Unless otherwise told, I am counting the votes
received already from SECOM and Actalis.)  

Ballot 122 - Verified Method of Communication 

The EV Guidelines Working Group has completed its review of Section 11.4.2
of the EV Guidelines (Telephone Number for Applicant's Place of Business).
The purpose of the review was to "develop a more international process for
verifying contact information," especially to transition away from a
landline-centric focus. The purpose of Section 11.4.2 has been to ensure a
means for communicating with an organization (to verify the authority of EV
roles and ensure that it was appropriately aware of the certificate request)
and to provide additional evidence of an organization's existence. This is
maintained by the proposed replacement language. 

Cecilia Kam of Symantec made the following motion, and Rich Smith from
Comodo and Jeremy Rowley from DigiCert have endorsed it. 

Motion Begins 

1. Create a new definition for a "Verified Method of Communication" in the
EV Guidelines: 

" Verified Method of Communication: The use of a public telecommunication
routing number (ITU- T E.164-compliant fixed, mobile, fax, or SMS), an email
address, or a postal delivery address, confirmed by the CA in accordance
with Section 11.4.2 of the Guidelines as a reliable way of communicating
with the Applicant." 

2. DELETE Section 11.4.2 (Telephone Number for Applicant's Place of
Business) and INSERT the following: 

"11.4.2 Verified Method of Communication 

(1) Verification Requirements: To assist in communicating with the Applicant
and confirming that the Applicant is aware of and approves issuance, the CA
MUST establish at least one Verified Method of Communication with the

(2) Acceptable Methods of Verification: To verify a Verified Method of
Communication with the Applicant, the CA MUST: 

(A) Verify that the number or address belongs to the Applicant, or a Parent
or Affiliate of the Applicant, by matching it with one of the Applicant's
Places of Business in: (i) records provided by the applicable phone company;
(ii) a QGIS, QTIS, or QIIS; or (iii) a Verified Legal Opinion or Verified
Accountant Letter; and 

(B) Confirm the Verified Method of Communication by using it to obtain an
affirmative response sufficient to enable a reasonable person to conclude
that the Applicant, or a Parent or Affiliate of Applicant, can be contacted
reliably by using the Verified Method of Communication. 

3. In subsection 11.13.1(1)(D), REPLACE "Telephone number for Place of
Business" with "Verified Method of Communication." 

4. REPLACE subsection 11.13.3(1)(C) with "The Verified Method of
Communication required by Section 11.4.2, but still MUST perform the
verification required by Section 11.4.2(2)(B);" 

Motion Ends 

Voting begins today at 2200 and will close at 2200 UTC on Thursday, 8 May

Votes must be cast by posting an on-list reply to this thread. 

A vote in favor of the motion must indicate a clear 'yes' in the response. A
vote against must indicate a clear 'no' in the response. A vote to abstain
must indicate a clear 'abstain' in the response. Unclear responses will not
be counted. The latest vote received from any representative of a voting
member before the close of the voting period will be counted. Voting members
are listed here: https://cabforum.org/members/ 

In order for the motion to be adopted, two thirds or more of the votes cast
by members in the CA category and greater than 50% of the votes cast by
members in the browser category must be in favor. Also, at least six members
must participate in the ballot, either by voting in favor, voting against,
or abstaining. 



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