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Mutual Recognition of Electronic Signature Certificates issued by Hong Kong and Guangdong

On 29 July 2008, the Mainland of China and Hong Kong signed the Supplement V to the Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA). Pilot Applications of Mutual Recognition of Electronic Signature Certificates Issued by Hong Kong and Guangdong (Pilot Measure) is one of the facilitation measures proposed under the supplement and for early and pilot implementation in Guangdong Province as well.

To facilitate the pilot run of applications for mutual recognition of electronic signature certificates, the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO), the Department of Information Security Co-ordination of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), and the Department of Information Industry of Guangdong Province (GDIID) established the "Guangdong-Hong Kong Working Group on Pilot Applications of Mutual Recognition of Electronic Signature Certificates" (Working Group) in October 2008. Further on 5 June 2009, the three parties signed the "Suggestions on the Framework for the Mutual Recognition of Electronic Signature Certificates" (Framework Suggestions). Please click here for the press release.

Under the Framework Suggestions, the Working Group, in April 2010, approved a set of procedures to give a label called the "Pilot Mark" to the eligible cross-boundary e-commerce project or service with a view to promoting the pilot applications. Please click here for the press release.

With reference to the experience gained from the pilot projects and the result of the consultancy study, the Working Group developed Simplified Chinese version of "Arrangement for Mutual Recognition of Electronic Signature Certificates Issued by Hong Kong and Guangdong" (Arrangement) and "Certificate Policy for Mutual Recognition of Electronic Signature Certificates Issued by Hong Kong and Guangdong" (Mutual Recognition Certificate Policy). Governments in two places agreed to assign "Object Identifier" ("对象标识符" in Mainland) for the Arrangement and the Mutual Recognition Certificate Policy. The Working Group announced Simplified Chinese version of the Arrangement and the Mutual Recognition Certificate Policy in August 2012, which provided the basis for the mutual recognition in the two places. Details shall be referred to Pilot Applications of Mutual Recognition of Electronic Signature Certificates Issued by Hong Kong and Guangdong website. (For easy download and reading, citizens may change to Simplified Chinese version of this webpage for the copies of Simplified Chinese version of Arrangement and the Mutual Recognition Certificate Policy)

To tie in with the Arrangement, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSARG) revised paragraphs 2.1, 4.7, 12.1, 12.6, 13.1 and 13.3 of the Code of Practice for Recognized Certification Authorities (COP) published under the Electronic Transactions Ordinance (Cap. 553), and published it in the Government Gazette as Government Notice No. 4635 on 6 July 2012. Based on the COP as well as the Simplified Chinese version of the Arrangement and the Mutual Recognition Certificate Policy approved by the Working Group, OGCIO announced Traditional Chinese version of the Arrangement and the Mutual Recognition Certificate Policy. (Citizens may change to Traditional Chinese version of this webpage for download and reading) Please click here for the press release.

Under the standing arrangement, certification authorities recognized under the Electronic Transactions Ordinance (Cap. 553) may submit their applications to OGCIO for participation in the mutual recognition scheme. Applications of mutual recognition scheme must refer to Traditional Chinese version of the Arrangement and the Mutual Recognition Certificate Policy. (For easy download and reading, OGCIO provides the English translation of the Arrangement and the Mutual Recognition Certificate Policy, which are for reference only and subject to change without any notice.)

Information about the application can be found under Application for Participation in Mutual Recognition of Electronic Signature Certificates. Certificate types qualified for mutual recognition status will be published in Trust List of Certificate Types.



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