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.