Separately, the Alliance announced 26 new members joining the organization.
Phil Becker, editor of “Digital Identity World”, shares his perspective on the announcements.
But Liberty’s biggest achievement with the Phase 1 specification is likely to be the softening of the market for federated identity. The language of the specification talks of multi-level authentication of users — i.e., the ability to authenticate Johnny’s bank transaction at a different level than Sally’s Amazon purchase. This language is an extension of a core concept of the Phase 1 specification. It allows separate silos of identity to be linked, so that, while Silo B can determine the strength of authentication Silo A used, Silo B cannot at any time learn the data associated with the identity in Silo A.
Peter Drayton shares some of his thoughts about the specifications.