Thawte personal email certificates being discontinued

Over the past sev­er­al years, secu­ri­ty com­pli­ance require­ments have become more restric­tive, while the tech­nol­o­gy infra­struc­ture nec­es­sary to meet these require­ments has expand­ed great­ly. Despite our strong desire to con­tin­ue pro­vid­ing the Thawte Per­son­al E‑mail Cer­tifi­cate and Web of Trust ser­vices, the ever-expand­ing stan­dards and tech­nol­o­gy require­ments will out­pace our abil­i­ty to main­tain these ser­vices at the high lev­el of qual­i­ty we require. As a result, Thawte Per­son­al E‑Mail Cer­tifi­cates and the Web of Trust will be dis­con­tin­ued on Novem­ber 16, 2009 and will no longer be avail­able after that date.

This is a real shame — I’ve had one of these for ten years, and have been ver­i­fy­ing oth­er peo­ples’ iden­ti­ties for them for eight.

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