The Liberty Alliance will this week unveil a federated identity management system to allow individuals to manage their personal lives securely on the web.
The Liberty ID-WSF People Service is a key component in the alliance’s ID-WSF 2.0 federated identity management specification.
Federated identity management allows internet users to use a single sign-on procedure to access and share information across different websites and corporate intranets.
Liberty says People Service is the industry's first comprehensive platform for managing social information within an open federated network environment.
Other federated identity management systems are proprietary rather than open, such as Microsoft’s Passport log-in system, which is used on Microsoft’s websites and a few third-party websites, including eBay.
People Service allows consumers and enterprise users to manage social applications such as bookmarks, blogs, calendars, photo sharing and instant messaging using the ID-WSF 2.0 framework.
People Service has been developed to allow individuals to easily store, maintain and categorise on-line relationships. Consumers and enterprise users can centrally manage all of their information using privacy controls built into the system based on a Liberty web services platform.