Liberty - is usability compatible with security?

Wednesday, 17 July 2002, 12:11 AM EST

The Liberty Alliance project aims to simplify the process of signing on to multiple Web sites, eventually allowing a user to use credit card details entered at one site to make purchases at others. Liberty has been developed in large part as a response to the Microsoft-specific Passport system, but as it gets closer to reality, that rivalry is becoming less significant.

On Monday 15 July, Sun Microsystems, United Airlines and dozens of other members of the Liberty Alliance Project released version 1.0 of the Liberty specification. Not in itself a product or a service, Liberty is a specification which services will use to communicate authentication information. the Liberty specification is based on another newly released standard, the Security Assertion Markup Language.

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