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The ICT Authority, in the exercise of its statutory function as CCA, is the apex body of the Mauritian PKI

Function of the ICT Authority (ICTA) as the CCA of Mauritius

Under section 18 (z) of the Information and Communication Technologies Act 2001, the ICT Authority is the Controller of Certification Authorities in Mauritius. The Controller of Certification Authorities as the “Root” Authority certifies the technologies, infrastructure and practices of all the Certification Authorities (CA) licensed/recognised/approved to issue Digital Signature Certificates.

It is ICT Authority’s responsibility to monitor that certification-service-providers comply with the obligations imposed on them by law. In this respect, the Controller of CAs will maintain a publicly accessible database containing a CA disclosure record for each licensed/recognised/approved CA.

In order to enforce this role, the Mauritian PKI needs to be deployed with the CCA acting as the linchpin of this PKI. The Electronic Transaction Act 2000 (ETA), as amended, and its regulations, address the legal issues necessary for the proper deployment of PKI in Mauritius. This legal framework, in turn, sets the stage for a secure and pro-business environment for electronic commerce in Mauritius.

The ETA clarifies the rights and obligations of transacting parties by setting out provisions dealing with issues related to the formation of electronic contracts. It also gives legal recognition on the use of electronic records and signatures and their secure counterparts. The main features of the ETA are as follows:

  • facilitate electronic communications by means of reliable electronic records;
  • facilitate e-commerce and to promote the development of the legal and business infrastructure necessary to implement secure electronic commerce;
  • facilitate electronic filing of documents with government agencies and statutory corporations, and to promote efficient delivery of government services by means of reliable electronic records;
  • minimise the incidence of forged electronic records, intentional and unintentional alteration of records, and fraud in electronic commerce and other electronic transactions;
  • help to establish uniformity of rules, regulations and standards regarding the authentication and other electronic transactions; and
  • promote public confidence in the integrity and reliability of electronic records and e-commerce, and to foster the development of e-commerce through the use of electronic signatures to provide authenticity and integrity to correspondence in any electronic medium.

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