Digital Identity


You will not find a simple, single definition on Identity or Digital Identity. Here are some that we have run across that we think are best:
  • Identity is a set of attributes related to an Entity. ISO 29115
  • A digital representation of a set of Claims made by one Party about itself or another Entity.[1]
  • Identity is how we keep track of people and things and, in turn, how they keep track of us.[2]

A Digital Identity has one or more Identifiers which are referred to as Identity Attributes

A Digital Identity can be created on the fly when a particular identity transaction is desired (Example: OpenID Connect), or persisted in a data store to provide a referenceable representation.

A Digital Identity may be signed by a Digital Identity Provider (IDP) to provide a Level Of Assurance to a Relying Party

Sovereign-source Identity is a Digital Identity created and maintained by a person for their own purposes

Digital Identity, Authentication, Authorization #

Digital Identity, Authentication and Authorization are separate and distinct.

Digital Identity are the Attributes or Claims or Identifiers for a specific entity

Authentication is the process of establishing confidence that the Identification is authentic.

Authorization is when a Trustor grants a Permission to a Digital Identity (a Trustee) to perform a privilege against a Target Resource

Digital Identity is Also Know as#

There are many terms used to represent essentially the same thing.

Digital Identity, well Identity, is a Facet Of Building Trust

Digital Identity Types#

How a Digital Identity relates to a Digital Subject#

There should be some further understandings about how a Digital Identity relates to a Digital Subject: A given Digital Identity is typically related to a given Context.

More Information#

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