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Ballot 196 – Define “Audit Period”

The voting period for Ballot 196 has ended.  Here are the results.

Voting by CAs – 19 votes total including abstentions

19 Yes votes: Izenpe, HARICA, Entrust, SwissSign, OATI, DigiCert, TurkTrust, SSC, GDCA, Disig, Comodo, GlobalSign, Chunghwa Telecom, Cisco, SHECA, Trustwave, Buypass, Symantec, AC Camerfirma

0 No votes:

0 Abstain:

100% of voting CAs voted in favor

Voting by browsers – 3 votes total including abstentions

3 Yes votes: Mozilla, Google, Apple

0 No votes:

0 Abstain:

100% of voting browsers voted in favor

Under Bylaw 2.2(g), a ballot result will be considered valid only when more than half of the number of currently active Members has participated. Votes to abstain are counted in determining a quorum.  Half of currently active Members as of the start of voting is 10, so quorum was 11 votes – quorum was met.

Bylaw 2.2(f) requires a yes vote by two-thirds of CA votes and 50%-plus-one browser votes for approval.  Votes to abstain are not counted for this purpose.  This requirement was met for both CAs and browsers.

At least one CA Member and one browser Member must vote in favor of a ballot for the ballot to be adopted.  This requirement was met

The ballot passes.

Ballot 196 – Define “Audit Period”

Purpose of Ballot: It appears that CAs are sometimes confused by the phrase Audit Period. This ballot adds a definition of that phrase to the BRs, in the hope of heading off any further misunderstandings.

The following motion has been proposed by Gervase Markham of Mozilla and endorsed by Ryan Sleevi of Google and Jody Cloutier of Microsoft:

— MOTION BEGINS —

Add the following definition to section 1.6.1 of the Baseline Requirements:

Audit Period: In a period-of-time audit, the period between the first day (start) and the last day of operations (end) covered by the auditors in their engagement. (This is not the same as the period of time when the auditors are on-site at the CA.) The coverage rules and maximum length of audit periods are defined in section 8.1.

— MOTION ENDS —

The procedure for approval of this Final Maintenance Guideline ballot is as follows (exact start and end times may be adjusted to comply with applicable Bylaws and IPR Agreement):

BALLOT 196

Status: Final Maintenance Guideline

Start time (23:00 UTC) End time (23:00 UTC)
Discussion (7 to 14 days) 3rd April 10th April
Vote for approval (7 days) 10th April 17th April
If vote approves ballot: Review Period (Chair to send Review Notice) (30 days).

If Exclusion Notice(s) filed, ballot approval is rescinded and PAG to be created.

If no Exclusion Notices filed, ballot becomes effective at end of Review Period.

Upon filing of Review Notice by Chair 30 days after filing of Review Notice by Chair

 

From Bylaw 2.3: If the Draft Guideline Ballot is proposing a Final Maintenance Guideline, such ballot will include a redline or comparison showing the set of changes from the Final Guideline section(s) intended to become a Final Maintenance Guideline, and need not include a copy of the full set of guidelines.  Such redline or comparison shall be made against the Final Guideline section(s) as they exist at the time a ballot is proposed, and need not take into consideration other ballots that may be proposed subsequently, except as provided in Bylaw Section 2.3(j).

 

Votes must be cast by posting an on-list reply to this thread on the Public list.  A vote in favor of the motion must indicate a clear ‘yes’ in the response. A vote against must indicate a clear ‘no’ in the response. A vote to abstain must indicate a clear ‘abstain’ in the response. Unclear responses will not be counted. The latest vote received from any representative of a voting member before the close of the voting period will be counted. Voting members are listed here: https://cabforum.org/members/

In order for the motion to be adopted, two thirds or more of the votes cast by members in the CA category and greater than 50% of the votes cast by members in the browser category must be in favor.  Quorum is shown on CA/Browser Forum wiki.  Under Bylaw 2.2(g), at least the required quorum number must participate in the ballot for the ballot to be valid, either by voting in favor, voting against, or abstaining.