August 7, 2009

Strong Accountability

Posted in Concepts at 15:16 by Thomas Groß

Strong accountability is a concept of identity governance, which ensures that a service provider can trust in transactions and will be protected from misconduct.

In particular, it means that a user is obliged to inform a service provider about the user’s actions, to justify them, and to suffer punishment in the case of eventual misconduct.

In relation with Anonymous Credential Systems, strong accountability means

  • that a user is authenticated or authorized based on certified attributes,
  • that the system guarantees that the service provider can trust in the identity statements made,
  • that the system guarantees that entitlements and credentials granted to a user are confined to that user, and
  • that the user can be uniquely identified in the case of dispute or misconduct by a trusted third party.
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