ID4me is a protocol built on Open Standards with the fundamental principles of Data Privacy and Portability. The protocol is also unique in that it separates two roles, the Identity Agent (IONOS) and the Identity Authority (DENIC). DENIC is the organization that manages the .de TLD and is our partner in Germany for the Beta Phase.
These two roles intentionally separate the two main tasks of a Digital Identity:
1. Storage of Personal Data (at the Identity Agent)
2. Authentication of the Identity via Password (at the Identity Authority) to allow usage or sharing of the data.
Don’t worry. The protocol and user interfaces take care of any additional complexity of having two roles. You won’t even notice it except when you need it. But you can rest assured knowing your data and password are safe and stored in separate locations by separate organizations.
What does that mean for me?
Separation of Roles - This increases security as your password and data are stored at separate entities. It also enables the portability of your Identity described below.
Data Protection - Your login activity or personal data are not shared with third parties. Data is only shared on a case-by-case basis with your explicit permission, every time!
Portability - You are not locked into one Identity provider and can move your Digital Identity Management to a different provider, if you choose.
As you can see, an ID4me Digital Identity is built on the user's needs and will both simplify and secure your digital life.