How to use Digital Signature Certificates of different class, Where to use.
Class 0 Digital Signature Certificate
This certificate shall be issued only for demonstration/ test purposes.
Class 1 Digital Signature Certificate
Class 1 Digital Signature certificates shall be issued to individuals/private subscribers. These certificates will confirm that users name (or alias) and E-mail address form an unambiguous subject within the Certifying Authorities database.
Class 3 Digital Signature Certificate
This Digital Signature certificate will be issued to individuals as well as organizations. As these are high assurance certificates, primarily intended for ecommerce applications, they shall be issued to individuals only on their personal (physical) appearance before the Certifying Authorities.
Class 3 Digital Signature Certificates are issued to individuals, Individuals representing organizations and devices and are applicable for personal and commercial use. They stand for the highest degree of digital security accessible to individuals, devices, servers and organizations. Typically, they are utilized for Electronic Data Exchange (EDI), internet swearing/broking, etendering and other web based transactions where confidentiality and authenticity are acute. Individual Class 3 Individual Certificates issued to individuals or devices and encompass primarily high end security-sensitive online activities
Digital Signature Certificates / DSC (Class 3 Individual /Class 3B / Class III Authorised Individual with your company / firm / organization name):
Digital Signature Certificates shall be used to access the website of hosting procurement application or etenders and authenticate the Vendors. Vendors shall have to procure legally valid Digital Certificate vendor such as Emastersindia.net
Class 3a/3b Digital Signature Certificate
Where class 3A/B Digital signature certificate is used:
West Bengal State Rural Development Agency (WBSRDA),DGFT, BIHAR GOVERNMENT (PMGSY), Metal Junctions, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IOCL), Oil India Limited (OIL), Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), GAIL, MSTC Limited, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), Directorate General of Supplies and Disposals (DGSND), Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC), NTPC, Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited, Government of Gujarat, Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers Corporation Ltd. (GNFC Ltd.), Government of Orissa (PMGSY), Maharashtra Government, Karnataka Government , Tamil Nadu Government (PMGSY), Coal India Limited, Indian Railways (IREPS), Water Resources Department, MP Govt. Patent and trade marks registration. NTPC Northern Railway / ONGC [ Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd ] / Air India / IFFCO [ Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited ] / GAIL [Gas Authority of India Ltd ] and other departments / organisations of central and state government that has introduced eProcurement.
Difference between Class 3 Digital Signature issued to Individuals or Individual representing Organizations?
Individual (Class 3a Digital Signature Certificates)
Class 3a Individual certificates issued to individuals or devices and encompass primarily high end security-sensitive online activity.
Organization (Class 3b Digital Signature certificates)
Class 3b Organization digital signature certificates are used for encryption, electronic access control, ecommerce and online financial transactions that require a strong assertion of the customer's identity. The validation procedures for class 3 Organization certificates include confirmation that the organisation does in fact exist, authorization from the organisation for the certificate application.
Note: Class 3 Digital Signature Certificates are legally valid as per Indian Information Technology Act, 2000.