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The card has enough space to store private keys of the client, and it is also possible to store several qualified and standard certificates at the same time on the card. 

The card is used also for secure storage of the root certificate of a selected Certification Authority. Thanks to the stored certification of the Certification Authority, it is possible to use the card in an unknown environment as well. It is possible to choose supported (trusted) Certification Authorities, whose client certificates can be used by the client. Other client certificates then cannot be placed on the card, which significantly reduces the use of the card for unauthorized operations. 

The smart card has a lifetime of several years, and the owner can have several certificates issued during the card’s lifetime.

There also is a free space on the card, which is used for storage of any data that the client wants to have on the card and use them later.

Security-sensitive operations can be carried out on the card only after the PIN has been entered. The length of the PIN is 6 to 8 digits. In the PIN has been forgotten, it is possible to unblock the card with the PUK. At the time of delivery, it is possible to choose from two options of PIN and PUK settings:

PIN and PUK are generated at the time of personalization and are placed in a “PIN envelope”, or the card is not equipped with PIN and PUK after personalization and the client is asked to enter PIN and PUK at the time of the first use of the card. 

The smart card may be bundled with a particular solution or an application and a client. There is a space on the card to enter information on the owner of the card, etc. The smart card complies with ISO standards in the field of use of smart identification cards. 

Policy for QSCD issuance

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8/28/2019 Swedish partnership
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7/16/2019 I.CA starts issuing certificates using elliptic curve cryptography (ECC)
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3/27/2019 I.CA became a member of the OBE QTSP Working Group
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