C-1.1 - Act to establish a legal framework for information technology

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65. The committee shall develop practical guidelines reflecting the consensus reached on the subjects referred to in section 64.
The guidelines shall determine the common technical standards selected, such as formats and mark-up language, character representation codes, signature algorithms, encryption methods, data compression, image and audio enhancement, key length, and communications protocols or links. The selection must be made for a specific period ; it may be extended, or a new selection may be made before or upon the expiry of the determined period. However, the guidelines must specify that any new selection must provide for the retention period of documents based on the previous selections and the need for continued access to those documents throughout their retention period.
The guidelines shall be published and updated by the Bureau de normalisation du Québec.
2001, c. 32, s. 65.