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Ballot SMC07: Align Logging Requirement and Key Escrow clarification

IPR Review of Ballot SMC07: Align Logging Requirement and Key Escrow clarification

This Review Notice is sent pursuant to Section 4.1 of the CA/Browser Forum’s Intellectual Property Rights Policy (v1.3). This 30-day Review Period is for the Final Maintenance Guideline that is attached to this Review Notice.

Ballot for Review: Ballot SMC07, redline at

Start of Review Period: June 12, 2024

End of Review Period: 2359 UTC on July 12, 2024

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Results of Ballot SMC07: Align Logging Requirement and Key Escrow clarification

The voting period for “Ballot SMC07: Align Logging Requirement and Key Escrow clarification” has completed, and the ballot has passed.

Voting Results

Certificate Issuers 15 votes total, with no abstentions:

  • 15 Issuers voting YES: Asseco Data Systems SA (Certum), DigiCert, D-TRUST, eMudhra, Entrust, HARICA, IdenTrust, Logius PKIoverheid, OISTE Foundation, Sectigo,, SwissSign, Telia Company, TWCA, VikingCloud
  • 0 Issuers voting NO
  • 0 Issuers ABSTAIN

Certificate Consumers 2 votes total, with no abstentions:

  • 2 Consumers voting YES: Mozilla, rundQuadrat
  • 0 Consumers voting NO
  • 0 Consumers ABSTAIN

Bylaws Requirements

  1. Bylaw 2.3(f) requires:
  • A “yes” vote by two-thirds of Certificate Issuer votes and by 50%-plus-one of Certificate Consumer votes. Votes to abstain are not counted for this purpose. This requirement was MET for Certificate Issuers and MET for Certificate Consumers.
  • At least one Certificate Issuer and one Certificate Consumer Member must vote in favor of a ballot for the ballot to be adopted. This requirement was MET.
  1. Bylaw 2.3(g) requires that a ballot result only be considered valid when “more than half of the number of currently active Members has participated”. The number of currently active Voting Members is the average number of Voting Member organizations that have participated in the previous three meetings. Votes to abstain are counted in determining quorum. The quorum was 7 for this ballot. This requirement was MET.

This ballot now enters the 30-day IP Rights Review Period to permit members to review the ballot for relevant IP rights issues. The IP Rights Review Period ends at 2359 UTC on July 12, 2024.

Ballot SMC07: Align Logging Requirement and Key Escrow clarification


This ballot aims to clarify what data needs to be logged as part of the “Firewall and router activities” logging requirement in the S/MIME Baseline Requirements and align with a recent update within the TLS BRs.

This ballot additionally aims to clarify that maximum certificate validity periods do not affect maximum key escrow duration periods.

This ballot is proposed by Martijn Katerbarg (Sectigo) and endorsed by Stephen Davidson (DigiCert) and Tom Zermeno (

— Motion Begins —

This ballot modifies the “Baseline Requirements for the Issuance and Management of Publicly-Trusted S/MIME Certificates" (“S/MIME Baseline Requirements”), based on Version 1.0.4.

MODIFY the Baseline Requirements as specified in the following Redline:

— Motion Ends —

This ballot proposes a Final Maintenance Guideline. The procedure for approval of this ballot is as follows:

Discussion (at least 7 days)

• Start time: 2024-05-24 12:30:00 UTC

• End time: not before 2024-06-05 12:30:00 UTC

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