TrustAsia issue first email protocol with embedded LEI

The Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF) announced the first implementation of a Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) embedded within an S/MIME Certificate issued by TrustAsia, a Shanghai-based Certificate Authority (CA).

Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (S/MIME) is an established, widely used protocol for sending digitally signed and encrypted email messages. An S/MIME Certificate contains a public key bound to an email address and may also contain the identity of a natural person or legal entity that controls such email address. This can then be used to authenticate the individual or legal entity that sends an email and ensure it has not been tampered with by a third-party.

Embedding LEIs into S/MIME Certificates provides an additional layer of trust proof since the LEI is a global secure mechanism that provides reliable data on organizational identity. S/MIME Certificates with embedded LEIs also provide a direct link to the regularly updated LEI reference data via the Global LEI Index to enable more automated, consistent data checks, regardless of the organization’s location. The result is a robust and reliable validation of an organization’s data, together with the identity of those acting on behalf of the company.

Rollin Yu, director of the CA Department at TrustAsia, said in a statement: “This initiative reflects both our ongoing commitment to enabling trusted, secure, and cryptographic communications, as well as the tremendous value that the LEI delivers to the digital world. Our collaboration with GLEIF is of great significance in advancing the use of LEI in digital certificates. We look forward to our continued engagement with GLEIF as part of our joint efforts to promote technical innovation across the digital identity industry and enhance digital trust.”

Stephan Wolf, CEO of GLEIF, said in a statement: “Embedding the LEI into S/MIME Certificates marks yet another step forward towards the adoption of the LEI among businesses everywhere. Digital certificates are widely used across the world to digitally verify the authenticity of email communications and, together with the development of the verifiable LEI (vLEI) ecosystem, are central to GLEIF’s efforts to deliver trust and transparency across the rapidly evolving digital identity industry. Certificates linked to verified, regularly updated, and freely available entity reference data by a unique, universal identifier are far easier to manage, aggregate and maintain, and promise to help realize the enormous promise of digital transformation across economies.”


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