Scientist Develops “Identity Mixer”
ONLINE PRIVACYDecember 18, 2012
A lead scientist at IBM’s Zurich Research Center has developed an “Identity Mixer” aimed at facilitating e-mail and Internet shopping without excessive disclosure of personal information, International Business Times reports. “The idea is to authenticate only the minimally necessary information for authentication,” said IBM Fellow Jan Camenisch. “We want to deal with a digital society that requires electronic authentication.” The Identity Mixer issues “'electronic tokens’ that verify user information contained in a third-party database,” the report states. The mixer has been piloted in Greece at the Research Academic Computer Technology Institute, and IBM hopes to employ it in the EU’s FutureID, introduced last month to protect personal data related to government-issued identity cards.