A Zions Bancorp. subsidiary has won a federal government contract that could be a breakthrough in the use of digital certificates and banks' role in providing them as a safeguard for electronic commerce.

The General Services Administration has awarded the Zions unit, Digital Signature Trust Co., a three-year contract to be part of a potentially massive effort to provide digital certificates and signatures for virtually any kind of electronic transaction or document transfer between government agencies and the public.

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