Liberty Alliance Project

Note: The Liberty Alliance Project is no longer active. The materials have been contributed to the Kantara Initiative.

The Liberty Alliance Project was formed to establish an open standard for federated network identity. Federated identity answers many of the inefficiencies and complications of network identity management that both businesses and consumers face in today's world. Federated identity allows users to "link" elements of their identity between accounts without centrally storing all of their personal information. It also enables: 

  • Businesses to create new relationships with each other and to realize business objectives quicker, more securely and at a lower cost. 
  • Businesses to more easily and securely provision accounts and provide access to the right resources. 
  • Consumers and employees a far more satisfactory on-line experience as well as new levels of personalization, security and control over identity information. 

The goal of the Liberty Alliance was to create specifications that incorporate, leverage and support other industry standards, allowing members and organizations to build products and services that interoperate and promote secure federated identity management. Liberty specifications were built on existing open industry standards such as SAML, SOAP, XML, and WS-Security.

Liberty Alliance Web Services specifications

More information: Liberty Alliance Project website.

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