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Verisign Personal Identity Provider

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 18-May-2006 11:03

Found the Verisign Personal Identity Provider through the Scripting News blog. Can anyone tell me how is this service different from having a MSN Passport, er, Live account?

You're invited to visit and try out a beta version of an identity service we've provided. It's called the VeriSign Personal Identity Provider (“PIP” for short), and you can find it at http://pip.verisignlabs.com. The VeriSign PIP is designed to provide a “home base” for users who want use OpenID applications. Users who register with the VeriSign PIP get an OpenID – a URL they can use to login and authenticate at sites that accept OpenID. In addition, the VeriSign PIP lets you store profile information, and control how, when and with whom that information can be shared.


This is coming from the same company who just announced the purchase of GeoTrust, bought mQube and runs part of the Internet infrastructure (including DNS servers and even the whole Australian stuff). Some stuff to think about, right?

Now, I don't have a problem with the company offering a diversified portfolio, and I even use Verisign's Personal Certificates for e-mail.

I am just wondering why Microsoft Hailstorm caused so much "revolt"? Ok, I agree with this article where it lists trust and reliability as tenets of such a service, but lots of privacy advocates were raising their voices then, but I don't read much about Verisign, or even Google Accounts.

[Microsoft Backs Down, Privacy and Security Risks Bury Hailstorm.] Microsoft has abandoned its Hailstorm or "My Services" platform because of privacy and security risks inherent in centralized storage of personal information. EPIC, along with fifteen leading consumer organizations, sent a series of complaints to the Federal Trade Commission in July and August 2001 detailing the privacy risks in the Microsoft Hailstorm system. For more information, see the EPIC Sign Out of Passport Page. (Apr. 11)


Google offers a set of API and services (e-mail, calendar, credit card payments, personal websites, databases, blog tools) all under a single account.

How are Google Accounts and Verisign PIP different from MSN Passport?

Anyway, I will read more about this, even use the service to see exactly what's the story...

UPDATE: I've created an account, and a couple of interesting features: you can create profiles to share different bits of information with different sites, and you have access to a log showing which sites asked for your information including date and IP address. I tried a login to Livejournal, and it worked, but it's not different than MSN Passport (except of course with the additional Profile features and an option to allow access to your profile for a single login, until a certain date or forever).




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