The Public-Key-Infrastructure of the Radiological Society of Germany

Eur J Radiol. 2006 Mar;57(3):323-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ejrad.2005.10.006.


Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) encoding is based on the Public-Key-Procedure and permits the safe transmission of medical data. Furthermore it allows the use of an electronic signature provided that keys used belong to the key owner and that the key owner's identity is guaranteed by a trusted third party. Under the auspices of the Radiological Society of Germany (Deutsche Röntgengesellschaft, DRG) its IT-Working Group (Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Informationstechnik, @GIT) built up an appropriate Certification Authority including the required Public-Key-Infrastructure. These @GIT certified PGP keys allow the legal use of telemedicine in Germany. Digital signatures based to those certified keys correspond to the advanced signature according to the German Signature Law.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Computer Security*
  • Confidentiality
  • Germany
  • Humans
  • Societies
  • Software*
  • Teleradiology / methods*
  • Teleradiology / standards