[Smcwg-public] orgID - Government entities

Bruce Morton Bruce.Morton at entrust.com
Thu Mar 30 17:24:35 UTC 2023

Sorry I missed the call yesterday.

I am hoping the QIIS item can be added to the erratum. In addition, we have the following observation.

S/MIME BR Note 2 states, “For Government Entities, the CA SHALL enter the Registration Scheme identifier ‘GOV’ followed by the 2 character ISO 3166 country code for the nation in which the Government Entity is located. If the Government Entity is verified at a subdivision (state or province) level, then a plus “+” (0x2B (ASCII), U+002B (UTF‐8)) followed by a 2 character ISO 3166‐2 identifier for the subdivision is added.”

The wording is complicated as there are no 2 character 3166-2 identifiers as they start with the 2 character country code plus a hyphen. For California the code is US-CA, but we expect the result for the orgID to be GOVUS+CA and not GOVUS+US-CA. For Czechia, they append 2 or 3 numerals such as CZ-201. I assume we want to show GOVCZ+201 (see https://www.iso.org/obp/ui/#iso:code:3166:CZ), but this is adding more than 2 characters.

I am not sure how to state this but I think we want these examples:

OrgID GOVUS based on ISO 3166-1 US indicator
OrgID GOVUS+CA based on ISO 3166-1 US indicator and ISO3166-2 US-CA indicator
OrgID GOV CZ+201 based on ISO 3166-1 CZ indicator and ISO3166-2 CZ-201 indicator

So could we add this to a clarification ballot and change “followed by a 2 character ISO 3166‐2 identifier for the subdivision added” to “followed by the ISO 3166-2 additional characters identified for the subdivision added”? Then provide the examples.

Thanks, Bruce.
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