Deloitte & Touche LLP was chosen as official witness for the establishment of the master key for digital certificates., a recently announced service of Entrust Technologies Inc., requires a highly secure process, monitored by an outside party, for encoding the master key on which the public certification authority relies for safeguarding electronic commerce.

Entrust Technologies is also relying on BCE Emergis of Toronto for hosting its certificate authority system, Thawte Certification of South Africa for assuring its certificates are recognized by popular Web-browsing software, and Chrysalis-ITS Inc. of Ottawa for the hardware tokens on which the cryptographic key is stored.

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