Currently the Subject: O and OU fields (and presumably a lot of others) are blank or not provided because the CA does not have a way to verify that information. That is fine, but it is really overkill. It would be nice if data could be stored in those fields with a clear indication that it has not been verified. So how about allowing them in this form:
O CLAIMS_TO_BE Some University
OU CLAIMS_TO_BE Physics Division
It does not have to be “CLAIMS_TO_BE” of course, “NOT VERIFIED”,
“???”, and many other variants are possible.
Why? Because sometimes it is not at all clear where a URL has actually landed, and examining the certificate can provide that information, or at least hints about it. Obviously if one saw a link like that for a financial or health site one should run screaming for the exits. But why not allow it for academic sites? This would be mostly for figuring out who to contact, when necessary, when that information is missing from the web page, or that page is out of date or copied from somewhere else. If somebody sees
O CLAIMS_TO_BE Bank of America
and goes ahead anyway, they will get what they deserve.