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The Power to Manage Your Own Identity


February 27, 2006 3:42 pm





Today’s announcement of the Higgins open source identity management project has generated a lot of interest already — from The Boston Globe to eWeek. Several articles have positioned this announcement as a response to Microsoft, although the project obviously has been in the works for a long time. In fact, Higgins is bigger than just one vendor’s effort. It will provide an overall identity framework for different identity systems, including InfoCard. If the Internet has changed the way consumers think about privacy, Higgins may change the way people share personal information online. For example, think about the different types of personal insurance policies a consumer might carry — ranging from medical and life to home and auto. You might be more open to sharing some personal information . . . like an address change. However, details about medical prescriptions should only be seen by your healthcare provider. Higgins will make it easier to share what you want with who you want, giving consumers the power to manage and protect their own identity information and define their relationships with individuals, groups and companies. It’s a new twist on identity management with powerful implications.

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  1. Identity management is so important that it is essential that a single standard will be endorsed by all the players. If Microsoft and IBM get their market share and will not cooperate we all loose.

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