What We Do

Kantara Initiative operates conformity assessment, assurance and grant of Trust Marks against de-jure standards under its Trust Framework program whilst in parallel nurturing ‘beyond-the-state-of-the-art’ ideas and developing specifications to transform the state of digital identity and personal data agency domains.

It’s a community that ‘does’ not just ‘talks about doing’. Through current unique initiatives such as 3rd party assessed assurance for NIST SP 800-63-3, the set of standardized OAuth extensions known as User Managed Access (EIC Award Winner for Innovation in Information Security 2014) and Consent Receipt (exampled in Annex B of DIS ISO/IEC 29184 Online privacy notices and consent and ISO/IEC 27560 Consent record information structure) together with facilitated R&D grants, Kantara attracts a global, open, and transparent leadership community. ‘Nurture, Develop, Operate – that’s what we do.

Previous thought-leading work ahead of its time such as Consent and Information Sharing, Consent Management Solutions, Identity Relationship Management, Identities of Things and Blockchain and Smart Contracts still resonates globally today

Kantara Initiative members take the lead to discover strategic issues at the intersection of digital identity, personal data agency  and usability. This is what we call “connected life.” Our Members develop strategies and innovations that simplify our increasingly complex connected lives. Kantara Initiative develops innovations to solve real world problems for a better , safer digital economy.

The Connected Life innovation groups are:

User-Managed Access Develops User-Managed Access an open specification for user-centric authorization.  Applicable for both enterprise and individuals.
Information Sharing Interoperability Continues development in the same domain as its predecessor the Consent & Information Sharing work Group, with a modified and broadened scope to encompass Notice & Consent, Information Sharing Sustainability, Personal Data Use Records


While connections to digital services and technologies grow, personal data generated by those connections is a challenge to manage. In the landscape of identity, personal data privacy, security, and access technology and policy, varying national approaches and schemes exist. Governments and industry are connecting more and more to leverage their strengths for provision of services. This is the world of borderless IdM, where governments and industry seek to harmonize. Kantara Initiative develops assurance and interoperability programs to support the trust layer of on-line transactions.

The Trust Services interoperability groups are:

Identity Assurance Develops the Identity Assurance Framework as the controlling documents for the Kantara Identity Assurance Program.
Health Identity Assurance Provides review and expertise of the Identity Assurance Framework with a special focus on eHealth policy and technical interoperability.
Federation Interoperability Develops profiles and supporting materials for Kantara Initiative Federation Interoperability efforts including technical profiles development and harmonization of business cases for trusted federation and trust framework meta-model.
FIRE (Federated Identity Resilient Ecosystem  Extends the usability and adoption of the Identity Ecosystem framework and registry originally created in the IDESG (Identity Ecosystem Steering Group) to help identity ecosystem participants and individuals with their identity and personal data management.