Meaning – A certificate authority is the regulatory body that is responsible for issuing a digital certificate to an individual or an organisation. This body prepares a checklist of mandatory requirements that an entity must have in order to be verified as a legitimate and operational business in the e-commerce space.
Once they are satisfied with their check, they issue a unique certificate to the entity, and the entity can then approach this certificate authority in case of grievances or clarifications. If an entity fails to get a digital certificate, and their business is a legitimate one, he/she can appeal to this certificate authority and get the matter sorted out.
Example of usage – “He had to register his business on the certificate authority portal, and provide the necessary documents to get his business verified online.”