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Recovery is the process of reacquiring
a private key of your own that has been lost (due to disaster, hardware
failure, a personal mistake, etc.), or someone elses private key
that you are authorized to possess (perhaps because it is required for
a business function or law enforcement investigation).
Certificate authorities usually have
policies about when a key may be recovered, the procedure required (such
as the presentation of proper ID by the requester), and the procedure
for requesting the key recovery. Recovery is related to the concept
of Key Escrow, discussed in Section 4.5.3, which allows for the safeguarding
of keys in case recovery is needed at a later date.
Recovery involves reacquiring a private key. An individual might want to recover his or her own key if it has been lost due to hardware failure or user error. An organization might want to recover an employees private key if it is required for a business function or law enforcement investigation.
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