[cabfpub] Pre-Ballot 209 EV Liability

Ben Wilson ben.wilson at digicert.com
Thu Oct 12 11:27:16 MST 2017


Moudrick and others,

 

Is the following proposed change to section 18 of the EV Guidelines more clear?


18.  Liability and Indemnification


CAs MAY limit their liability as described in Section 9.8 of the Baseline Requirements except that a CA MAY NOT limit its liability to Subscribers or Relying Parties for legally recognized and provable claims to a monetary amount less than one or any combination of the following: 

(1)    two thousand US dollars ($2,000) - per Subscriber or Relying Party per EV Certificate;

(2)    one hundred thousand US dollars ($100,000) – aggregated across all claims, Subscribers, and Relying Parties – per EV Certificate; or

(3)    five million US dollars ($5,000,000) – aggregated across all claims, Subscribers, and Relying Parties – for all EV Certificates issued by the CA during any continuous 12-month period. 

 

Thanks,

 

Ben

 

From: Moudrick M. Dadashov [mailto:md at ssc.lt] 
Sent: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 2:32 PM
To: Ben Wilson <ben.wilson at digicert.com>; CA/Browser Forum Public Discussion List <public at cabforum.org>
Subject: Re: [cabfpub] Pre-Ballot 209 EV Liability

 

Thanks, Ben.

Assuming that any combination (of 1,2, 3) or no combination at all would be acceptable, could we add something like "at least one or any combination of following" so that it is explicitly clear?

Thanks,
M.D.

CAs MAY limit their liability as described in Section 9.8 of the Baseline Requirements except that a CA MAY NOT limit its liability to Subscribers or Relying Parties for legally recognized and provable claims to a monetary amount less than:  



On 7/26/2017 5:12 AM, Ben Wilson wrote:

Rather than tack on these two additional limits, what if it were simplified to read:

 

CAs MAY limit their liability as described in Section 9.8 of the Baseline Requirements except that a CA MAY NOT limit its liability to Subscribers or Relying Parties for legally recognized and provable claims to a monetary amount less than: 

                 (1)  two thousand US dollars per Subscriber or Relying Party per EV Certificate;

                 (2)  one hundred thousand US dollars – aggregated across all claims, Subscribers, and Relying Parties – per EV Certificate; and/or

                 (3)  five million US dollars – aggregated across all claims, Subscribers, and Relying Parties – for all EV Certificates issued by the CA during any continuous 12-month period. 

 

These limitations are notwithstanding anything in the Baseline Requirements purportedly to the contrary.

 

A CA's indemnification obligations and a Root CA’s obligations with respect to subordinate CAs are set forth in Section 9.9 of the Baseline Requirements.

 

 

 

 

From: Public [mailto:public-bounces at cabforum.org] On Behalf Of Ben Wilson via Public
Sent: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 6:37 PM
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Subject: Re: [cabfpub] Pre-Ballot 209 EV Liability

 

Would this work?

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing, a CA MAY limit its liability to Subscribers or Relying Parties for legally recognized and provable claims to not less than: (1) one hundred thousand US dollars – aggregated across all claims, Subscribers, and Relying Parties – per EV Certificate; and/or (2) five million US dollars – aggregated across all claims, Subscribers, and Relying Parties – for all EV Certificates issued by the CA during any continuous 12-month period. These limitations are notwithstanding anything in the Baseline Requirements purportedly to the contrary.

 

From: Moudrick M. Dadashov [mailto:md at ssc.lt] 
Sent: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 5:48 PM
To: Ben Wilson <ben.wilson at digicert.com <mailto:ben.wilson at digicert.com> >; CA/Browser Forum Public Discussion List <public at cabforum.org <mailto:public at cabforum.org> >
Subject: Re: [cabfpub] Pre-Ballot 209 EV Liability

 

Would you mind to show how it would sound now? :)

Thanks,
M.D.

On 7/26/2017 2:14 AM, Ben Wilson wrote:

And it should be an “and” or a “but”, but rephrased nevertheless.

 

Ben Wilson, JD, CISA, CISSP

VP Compliance

+1 801 701 9678



 

From: Ben Wilson 
Sent: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 5:11 PM
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Subject: RE: [cabfpub] Pre-Ballot 209 EV Liability

 

Never mind – I think I now see your point.  Not “up to” it needs to be “not less than $5 million.”  Would that make it clearer?

 

Ben Wilson, JD, CISA, CISSP

VP Compliance

+1 801 701 9678



 

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Subject: Re: [cabfpub] Pre-Ballot 209 EV Liability

 

It’s permissive – a CA MAY limit its liability.   Maybe we should say “up to $5 million”.   Then, would that be clearer -  that it can be less than $5 million?

 

Ben Wilson, JD, CISA, CISSP

VP Compliance

+1 801 701 9678



 

From: Moudrick M. Dadashov [mailto:md at ssc.lt] 
Sent: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 4:35 PM
To: Ben Wilson <ben.wilson at digicert.com <mailto:ben.wilson at digicert.com> >; CA/Browser Forum Public Discussion List <public at cabforum.org <mailto:public at cabforum.org> >
Subject: Re: [cabfpub] Pre-Ballot 209 EV Liability

 

With "and" I don't see its optional.

Again, just to understand the model: is per EV certificate amount is NOT fixed whereas 12-month continuous amount is the only option ($5 mln.)?

Thanks,
M.D.  

On 7/26/2017 1:28 AM, Ben Wilson wrote:

All of the provisions would provide optional caps that CAs could place on EV liability.  The 12-month $5 Million cap allows a CA to cap all EV liability to all those EV certificates issued within a single year.   

 

Ben Wilson, JD, CISA, CISSP

VP Compliance

+1 801 701 9678



 

From: Moudrick M. Dadashov [mailto:md at ssc.lt] 
Sent: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 4:24 PM
To: Ben Wilson  <mailto:ben.wilson at digicert.com> <ben.wilson at digicert.com>; CA/Browser Forum Public Discussion List  <mailto:public at cabforum.org> <public at cabforum.org>
Subject: Re: [cabfpub] Pre-Ballot 209 EV Liability

 

Ok. Do I understand the intention correctly: to have a "floating liability" amount per EV certificate and "fixed liability" amount per continuous 12-month period?

Thanks,
M.D.

On 7/26/2017 1:10 AM, Ben Wilson wrote:

No. Because they MAY do both.  An “or” would mean that they have to choose between the two, which isn’t the intent.

 

Ben Wilson, JD, CISA, CISSP

VP Compliance

+1 801 701 9678



 

From: Moudrick M. Dadashov [mailto:md at ssc.lt] 
Sent: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 4:09 PM
To: Ben Wilson  <mailto:ben.wilson at digicert.com> <ben.wilson at digicert.com>; CA/Browser Forum Public Discussion List  <mailto:public at cabforum.org> <public at cabforum.org>
Subject: Re: [cabfpub] Pre-Ballot 209 EV Liability

 

Hi Ben,

could it be "or" between (1) and (2)?

Thanks,
M.D.

On 7/25/2017 11:59 PM, Ben Wilson via Public wrote:

Here is another pre-ballot for discussion.

 

Ballot 209 - EV Liability

 

In Section 18 of the EV Guidelines, add the following sentences to the end of the first paragraph:

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing, a CA MAY limit its liability to Subscribers or Relying Parties for legally recognized and provable claims to: (1) one hundred thousand US dollars – aggregated across all claims, Subscribers, and Relying Parties – per EV Certificate; and (2) five million US dollars – aggregated across all claims, Subscribers, and Relying Parties – for all EV Certificates issued by the CA during any continuous 12-month period. These limitations are notwithstanding anything in the Baseline Requirements purportedly to the contrary.

 

Such that Section 18 of the EV Guidelines would read:

 

CAs MAY limit their liability as described in Section 9.8 of the Baseline Requirements except that a CA MAY NOT limit its liability to Subscribers or Relying Parties for legally recognized and provable claims to a monetary amount less than two thousand US dollars per Subscriber or Relying Party per EV Certificate. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a CA MAY limit its liability to Subscribers or Relying Parties for legally recognized and provable claims to: (1) one hundred thousand US dollars – aggregated across all claims, Subscribers, and Relying Parties – per EV Certificate; and (2) five million US dollars – aggregated across all claims, Subscribers, and Relying Parties – for all EV Certificates issued by the CA during any continuous 12-month period. These limitations are notwithstanding anything in the Baseline Requirements purportedly to the contrary.

 

A CA's indemnification obligations and a Root CA’s obligations with respect to subordinate CAs are set forth in Section 9.9 of the Baseline Requirements.

 

Ben Wilson, JD, CISA, CISSP

VP Compliance

+1 801 701 9678



 







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