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Legal Opinion for Extended Verification SSL

Industry standards require Certification Authorities to obtain a Legal Opinion Letter that verifies certain facts about a business before issuing it an Extended Verification Secure Socket Layer (EV-SSL) Certification.

Many companies choose to pursue an EV-SSL certificate for their website.  As part of this process, a Certification Authority (CA) will often require a Legal Opinion Letter before issuing the certificate.

The governing body known as the Certification Authority/Browser Forum (CA Browser Form or CA/B for short) controls the process of issuing EV-SSL certifications.  This group is made up of CAs such as Trend Micro Inc., GoDaddy.com, DigiCert, Inc. and browser vendors such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla Firefox.  In 2006, the CA Browser Form created and approved a set of industry standards that outlined best practices and requirements for both displaying and issuing EV-SSLs.   

The validation process for issuing an EV-SSL is more in depth than issuing a regular SSL.  Companies seeking an EV-SSL often have to verify several facts about their company through a Legal Opinion Letter.  This letter is typically written by an internet or technology law attorney. 

Although the process may differ slightly among CAs, in general the EV-SSL Opinion Letter should verify the company’s corporate structure, the validity of the company’s name, the location, the domain, and other authorities. Most types of business are eligible to receive an EV-SSL Certificate.  This includes corporations, LLCs, general partnerships, sole proprietorships, and unincorporated associations.

There are many advantages to having an extended verification.  EV-SSL certificates are useful for companies who are at a high risk of phishing attacks or other types of internet fraud. EV-SSL security features may look different depending on the internet browser, but it typically displays a green browser bar, a security lock icon, the identity of the publisher, and a URL that begins with “https”. The presence of these browser features gives web users have a greater sense of security and confidence in the company’s identity.

The business attorneys at Bowie & Jensen, LLC are experienced with the EV-SSL process and can help your business by providing a verified legal opinion letter.  For more information, please contact Joshua Glikin or Gina Harasti at Bowie Jensen, LLC.  

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