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The purpose of the Consumer Identity WG is to foster the development of a consumer-friendly, privacy-protecting, high assurance "identity layer" for the internet that enables consumers to fully exploit the potential of the internet without fear of identity theft. The WG addresses this goal by proposing technical and policy solutions that address current threats to privacy and identity, and socializes these solutions with appropriate parties to help foster their implementation. Specifically, the WG will create several whitepapers, and possibly other requirements or recommendations, to describe how emerging identity technologies, protocols, frameworks, laws and regulations, etc., can be leveraged to: (a) enable businesses to know, with high confidence, the identities of individual consumers with whom it engages in high-value online transactions, without jeopardizing the privacy of the consumer's Personally Identifiable Information (PII); and (b) enable individual consumers to prevent others from impersonating them in high-value, online transactions. Read the Work Group charter.
Bob Pinheiro, Robert Pinheiro Consulting
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