Like other countries in the world, Pakistani, legislature has also formulated Electronic Transaction Ordinance (ETO) 2002 to put a legal framework in order to regulate the electronic transactions and to recognize all means of electronic data and electronic signatures in term of their validity or invalidity. The objective was the establishment of legal obligations on one side and the recognition of electronic records on the other side.
Electronic Certification and Accreditation Council (ECAC), established by Federal Government of Pakistan under Section-18 of Electronic Transaction Ordinance, 2002 (ETO), is an autonomous body and operates under Ministry of Information Technology & Telecom (MoIT), Government of Pakistan. ECAC being fully functional regulatory body has enforcement powers to regulate electronic transactions in public and private sectors. ECAC is mandated to grant accreditation to approved crypto apparatus and accreditation to any Certificate Service Providers who intends to work as an Accredited Service Provider. The Council has started regulating PKI Certification Authority service providers in Pakistan under ETO and regulations framed thereunder. The mandate and domain assigned to ECAC are recognized in all primary and secondary legislation and is respected by all regulatory authorities. All companies / individuals/ firms etc engaged in the business of electronic services are required to get themselves accredited with ECAC in their own business interest. The Certificate of Accreditation shall make electronic transactions more secure, more reliable and worldwide acceptable.
I, on behalf of the council, expect that the role and the exclusive mandate granted to ECAC will be respected by all stakeholders. By addressing the increasing concern about the privacy and security of the individuals as well as organizations, ECAC endeavors for keeping the nation abreast with the ever-changing trends of E-commerce while protecting the interest of related stakeholders. ECAC is committed to achieving ‘Digital Pakistan’ — a vision of Govt. of Pakistan.