The Eclipse Foundation released Eclipse Higgins 1.0, a freely downloadable identity framework designed to integrate identity, profile and social relationship information across multiple sites, applications and devices using an extensible set of components.
Multiple identity protocols have been developed to address different needs, including WS-Trust, OpenID, SAML, XDI and LDAP. This requires software developers to support multiple protocols, resulting in unnecessary complexity in managing identities. Additionally, individuals are particular about which entities they share what personal information. For example, one might not prefer to share credit card information on a social networking site as readily as with a leading on-line retailer.
(Submitted by Anonymous Mon Feb 25, 2008 )
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