(1) All authorities that issue any license, permit, certificate, sanction or approval electronically, shall create, archive and maintain a repository of electronically signed electronic records of such licenses, permits, certificates, sanctions or approvals, as the case may be, online with due timestamps of creation of these individual electronic records.
(2) The appropriate Government may specify the manner of creating, establishing, archiving and maintaining the repository of electronically signed electronic records referred to in sub-rule (1).
(3) The authorities may electronically sign the electronic records of such licenses, permits, certificates, sanctions or approvals for each record or as a whole for a specific duration and shall be responsible in administering them online.
(4) The appropriate Government may specify the security procedures in respect of the electronic data, information, applications, repository of digitally signed electronic records and information technology assets under their respective control and that security procedures shall be followed by the Head of the Department and the signing authorities.
Explanation.- The expression “security procedures” referred to in sub-rule (4) shall include requirements for the storage and management of cryptographic keys, restrictions for downloading the certificates on to browsers, and of complying with the requirements of certifying authorities.
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