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Cyberspace Law: Identity Management Legal Task Force

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Cyberspace Law:
Identity Management Legal Task Force


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Simply send an email to Lauren Shores (lauren.shores@americanbar.org). You will receive a confirmation upon being added.


Mission Statement



The mission of the Task Force is to study the legal issues that arise in connection with the development, implementation and use of federated identity management in ecommerce and other electronic communication settings, as well as to develop common terms and contracts that can be used by parties in this area.


About the Identity Management Legal Task Force



The Cyberspace Committee has established a Task Force to address the legal issues faced by all participants in federated identity management processes. The goals of the Task Force are to:

1. Identify and analyze the legal issues that arise in connection with the development, implementation and use of federated identity management systems;

2. Identify and evaluate appropriate legal models to address these IdM issues; and

3. Develop model terms and contracts that can be used by the various parties.

The Identity Management Legal Task Force recently met in London on December 10-11, 2012 to focus on U.S. - EU IdM legal issues.

Additional Information:

This Task Force was established in January 2009 to address the legal issues related to federated identity management, and to develop model agreements and commentary for such systems. It is working with industry groups, including the Kantara Initiative (http://kantarainitiative.org/), a federated identity management standards developing organization

Federated identity management systems are designed to allow the use of online authentication credentials across different organizations. From an end-user's perspective, the result of such federation permits "single sign-on" or seamless access to resources located in different information systems without compromising the security of any of those systems.

Technical standards, products and services to support federated identity systems are gaining support in many different sectors including financial services, health care and government, but the lack of a clear framework for managing the legal issues is currently a stumbling block impeding further adoption of federated identity management technologies.

This Task Force will contribute to the creation of a legal framework by identifying different federated identity management business models and focus on relevant legal issues and selected contractual approaches to address those issues, including the development of one or more model agreements together with commentary.

Tom Smedinghoff of Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP serves as chair of the Task Force.

We are asking all those interested in participating to sign up for the Task Force by sending an email to Lauren Shores (lauren.shores@americanbar.org). This will also add you to the Task Force Listserv for the project.

Leadership



Sub-Committee Chair:  Thomas J Smedinghoff


Programs, Meetings and Events



Committee Events
Task Force In-Person Meeting - London
December 10, 2012 - December 11, 2012
The Federated Identity Task Force will meet in London on December 10-11, 2012 at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, Dashwood, 69 Old Broad Street, London, EC2M 1QS. Please RSPV to tsmedinghoff@edwardswildman.com
 

London Meeting Documents



ABA IdM London Meeting - Summary and Agenda
02 - IdM 3-Level Legal Environment
03 - EU Proposed eID Regulation
03 - U.S. NSTIC Program
03 - U.S. FCCX Program
04 - IdenTrust
04 - IdenTrust Interoperability
04 - eCodex - 1
04 - eCODEX - 2
05 - Privacy - U.S.
05 - Privacy Principles
07 - Liability
08 - Cross Border Privacy Challenges
09 - EU IdM Policy
10 - UNCITRAL
11 - Should Govt be Involved

Resources and Drafts



ABA Submission to UNCITRAL
ABA IdM Report - Part 1 -- 12/30/2011 Draft
ABA IdM Report - Part 2 -- 12/30/2011 Draft
ABA IdM Report - Part 3 -- 12/30/2011 Draft
Identity Trust Framework, Discussion Draft, June 15, 2011
What Is an Identity Trust Framework? Addressing the Legal and Structural Challenges
Federated Identity Management: Balancing Privacy Rights, Liability Risks, and Duty to Authenticate

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