19 November 2013 at 9:07am
There are several situations when it would be useful to have a life-long identifier that doesn’t change when we move house, employer or even country. Most of us already have life-long identifiers to link together all our interactions with the health service and the tax office; in research and education linking together our achievements would also be useful when preparing a CV or research proposal. However these applications have very different consequences if the link between individual and identifier fails; they also need to resist different types of threat.
8 October 2013 at 9:31pm
At the VAMP workshop last week I was asked to review legal developments that might affect access management federations. On the legislative side the new European Data Protection Regulation seems to be increasingly mired in politics.
3 October 2013 at 8:32am
In talking with service providers at this week’s conferences on federated access management in Helsinki it’s become apparent that many of them are asking identity providers to supply not only the information that they need for normal operations, but also information that will only actually be needed if a problem occurs. For example it seems that some service providers may request every user’s real name just in case a user mis-behaves and breaks the service provider’s policy.
2 October 2013 at 8:00am
A couple of sessions at the VAMP2013 workshop in Helsinki related to complexity and how best to express it to users. Bob Cowles pointed out that current access management systems can involve a lot of complexity even to reach the binary decision whether or not to allow a user to access a resource.
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