Electronic Digital Signature (EDS) Protects Published Documents Against Subsequent Tampering – Dmytro Dubilet


There are no risks that texts of documents may be tampered with in case of cancellation of the obligatory publication of laws and regulations in the official press, because documents will have the electronic digital signature with the indication of time.

This statement has been made by Dmytro Dubilet, the Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, via his Facebook page.

"Concerning the yesterday's law, aimed at cancelling the mandatory publication of laws in printed media. Some Ukrainians have been worried that this would allow subsequent tampering with texts of regulations. As if paper is more reliable", he wrote.

The Minister noted that document will be published with embedded electronic digital signature (EDS), including time of issue.

According to him, the EDS guarantees that the document can not be tampered with and, in addition, anyone can see the time of putting EDS on the file.

At the same time, he stressed that it is "almost impossible" to forge an EDS or change the time of signature.

"For those who still believe in the good old paper, it is required by the applicable law to send any law or regulation, when adopted, in hard copy to all key archives. It means that, even in case of Apocalypse or tampering, the hard copy may help", the Minister said.

He also said that the above-mentioned law also provoked "quite deep discussions" in the government and the Cabinet of Ministers is ready to discuss this matter with the Parliament.

The Cabinet of Ministers has initiated the cancellation of the mandatory printing of laws and regulations by the government newspaper Uryadovyi Kurier (Government Courier). The relevant draft law will soon be submitted to the Verkhovna Rada.

This decision is justified by the fact that printing and distribution of the newspaper require unreasonable financial, material and human resources, while all information about laws and regulations is still duplicated on the official website of the central executive authorities. 

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