Creation of State's Electronic Certification Authority approved

The Council of Ministers approved on 6 October a resolution aiming at creating the State’s Electronic Certification Authority, a public agency with the purpose of providing safe authentication mechanisms for electronic data transfer in the scope of the State’s services.

The setting-up of this authority aims at reinforcing the level of security and modernization of public electronic communications, thereby deepening e-Government solutions and the development of several projects in the scope of information society, such as those relating to the citizen’s card and the biometric passport, among others.

This new authority’s setting-up process, with a 90-day deadline, will be monitored by a work group under the powers of the Secretary of State for the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, with technical counselling functions and made up by representatives from the UCMA - Unidade de Coordenação da Modernização Administrativa (Administrative Modernization Co-ordination Unit), the UMIC - Agência para a Sociedade do Conhecimento (Agency for Knowledge Society), the ICP-ANACOM - Autoridade Nacional de Comunicações (National Communications Authority), the GNS - Gabinete Nacional de Segurança (National Security Office), the FCCN - Fundação para a Computação Científica Nacional (National Scientific Computing Foundation), the IT - Instituto de Telecomunicações (Telecommunications Institute), the CEGER - Centro de Gestão da Rede Informática do Governo (Government Network Management Centre) and the ITIJ - Instituto das Tecnologias da Informação na Justiça (Institute for Computing Technologies on Justice).

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