What We Do

Kantara Initiative provides strategic vision and real world innovation for the digital identity transformation.  Developing initiatives including: Identity Relationship ManagementUser Managed Access (EIC Award Winner for Innovation in Information Security 2014), Identities of Things, and Minimum Viable Consent Receipt, Kantara Initiative connects a global, open, and transparent leadership community.

Kantara Initiative members take the lead to discover strategic issues at the intersection of identity, IoT, and usability. This is what we call “connected life.” Our Members develop strategies and innovations that simplify our increasingly complex connected lives. Networked devices and sensors make up the fabric of the Internet of Things. Leveraging mobile devices, sensors, and wearables is the future of identity and personal data. Kantara Initiative develops innovations to solve real world problems for the identity based digital transformation.

The Connected Life innovation groups are:

Blockchain and Smart Contracts Initiate a broad discussion on various aspects of smart-contracts and blockchain systems.
Identity Relationship Management Develops the Design Principles of Relationships to evolve IAM for the connected world leveraging the relationships between people, devices, and entities.
User-Managed Access Develops User-Managed Access an open specification for user-centric authorization.  Applicable for both enterprise and individuals.
Consent and Information Sharing Develops the Minimum Viable Consent Receipt for “tagging” a consent action and generation of a digital receipt to log the consent action.
Identities of Things Reviews the landscape of IoT standards with a special focus on the identity of persons and things layer.




While connections to digital services and technologies grow, data generated by those connections is a challenge to manage. In the landscape of identity, security, and access technology and policy, varying national approaches and schemes exist. Governments and industry are connecting more and more to leverage their strengths for provision of services. This is the world of borderless IdM, where governments and industry seek to harmonize. Kantara Initiative develops assurance and interoperability programs to support the trust layer of on-line transactions.

The Trust Services interoperability groups are:


Identity Assurance Develops the Identity Assurance Framework as the controlling documents for the Kantara Identity Assurance Program.
Health Identity Assurance Provides review and expertise of the Identity Assurance Framework with a special focus on eHealth policy and technical interoperability.
eGovernment Provides industry expert insight with regard to national identity policy and interoperability programs.
Federation Interoperability Develops profiles and supporting materials for Kantara Initiative Federation Interoperability efforts including technical profiles development and harmonization of business cases for trusted federation and trust framework meta-model.
Consent Management Solutions Consent Management Solutions are used to manage the full lifecycle of an individual’s consent for the processing of their personal data. That consent needs to be: freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous.