During ISSE on October 5-7, 2010 in Berlin, Germany Microsoft showed a new proof of concept with our partners in Germany, Fraunhofer FOKUS. As part of our keynote and break-out session, the concept explores privacy-enhanced identity experiences with  U-Prove technology. A video featuring how privacy-preserving techniques such as minimal disclosure with U-Prove can be achieved by leveraging trustworthy credentials--the German eID card, which is scheduled to roll-out later this year.  The scenario demonstrated involves citizen eParticipation with the City of Berlin online survey.  Watch the video online at EndtoEnd Trust to learn more.

On October 6, 2010 during the TeleTrusT Innovation awards, Fraunhofer FOKUS was honored with the Technology Innovation Award for their work with Microsoft on privacy-enhancing identity systems. The "TeleTrusT Innovation Award" is an annual award given to applicants that have developed an innovative and trustworthy information technology, software or online service for use in industry, government or research and embodies characteristics such as integration, interoperability and transparency.

On October 8-9, in Berlin, Germany the First International Privacy Standards Conference is being held at the DIN, the German Standardization Institute. Microsoft’s submission paper titled: Levels of Protection (LOPS) was accepted for presentation to the ISO/TMB Privacy Committee. Download the whitepaper.

Abstract: A common source of distrust in online interactions today stems from people’s lack of confidence that their identity information will be treated with care. This white paper proposes the development of levels of protection (LOPs) to enable a person disclosing identity information (a Discloser) to have assurance in advance that it will be treated with appropriate protection by the party to whom it is disclosed (the Receiver). The term “levels of protection” as used here refers to degrees of data protection applied to identity information, with progressive levels allowing parties who disclose or receive identity information to know in advance how it is to be treated.