NPO Open Identity Exchange Launches to Build Trust Online
With the participation of industry leaders like Google, PayPal, Equifax, VeriSign, Verizon, CA, and Booz Allen Hamilton, the Identity Open Exchange (www.openidentityexchange.org) launched a nonprofit organization dedicated to build confidence in the exchange of identity credentials online in the public and private sectors, and has been approved by the U.S. Government as a provider of trust.
With initial grants from the OpenID Foundation (www.openid.net) and the Information Card Foundation (www.informationcard.net), the first official OIX trust now meets the requirements for Identity U.S. Credentials, and Access Management Provider Framework Trust Adoption Process established by the U.S. General Services Administration. The announcement was made Wednesday at the RSA Conference (www.rsaconference.com), an industry event that brings together some of the best security professionals in the world of information.
This framework will enable the American public’s confidence to participate in open, transparent and participatory government, while maintaining total control of how much or how little personal information they share with federal Web sites at all times.
“OIX means there is now a safe way to use an OpenID or card information to register for access to any number of federal Web sites without requiring a new username and password for each one,” Drummond Reed, executive director the ICF OIX acting executive director, said in a statement. “As we deploy progressively stronger levels of certification, this will enable citizens to access and manage their U.S. tax records, Social Security records, veterans benefits, and many other government services online.”
trust frameworks are a new way for a site to verify the identity, security and privacy guarantees of another site on behalf of a user. Google, PayPal, Equifax and identity providers are certified for the first OIX to issue digital identity cards that are accepted for registration protected the privacy and access to web sites of the U.S. government.
The National Institutes of Health (www.nih.gov) is the first government website on the acceptance of these credentials, including OpenID and logins Card Information, a capability that has shown today at the RSA Conference. Citizens can use open identity technologies support a range of online services through websites, including personalized search the collection, access to resources for training, conference registration, and wikis in medical research, with strong privacy protections, all designed to ensure an accessible and transparent communication between government agencies and U.S. citizens.
“OIX emerged from a public-private partnership initiated by the U.S. government in this conference last year, the OIX OIDF CEO and Chairman Don Thibeau said. “OpenID and information technology cards can solve the technical problem of the use of identity credentials across different websites, but can not resolve the problem of how these credentials can be trusted at different levels of reliability. OIX is a solution to this problem not only for the U.S. government, but for many different governments, alliances of industry, nonprofit associations, telecommunications companies, academic networks and others around the world who need to establish trust across a wide online population. “
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