Trust in e-Government: Digital Signatures without Time Stamping?
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The successful delivery of electronic services is a primary objective of modern e-government and their successful introduction depends on the users trusting these services and the privacy of their personal data. Digital signatures are one of the security elements that make these services possible, but they feature some weaknesses – weaknesses that can be surmounted by the use of a digital time stamp. These do not only add a certified time to the data but also make many of other methods that increase security and trust possible. Since digital certificates are widely used in today’s information society, digital signatures should be easy to implement. However, implementation must be studied carefully because abuse can have critical repercussions. Without 100 percent trust from its users, e-government and its services will be unsustainable. Slovenian e-government is in this situation, stranded with good infrastructure and legal bases, but services that are not trusted.
KeywordsDigital Signature Smart Card Time Stamp Legal Basis Certification Authority
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