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Securing identity online

Although The Globe and Mail article suggests it could end spam, the Seven Laws of Identity have little to do with unsolicited bulk email. What the framework could do — which Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Ontario’s privacy commissioner, endorsed and extended today — is reduce spam while protecting what data companies can collect about us. (For a nice summary, download the brochure — or download the full white-paper for more details.)

Unfortunately, there will be a lot of resistance to redevelop exisiting systems to comply, although Microsoft will be building this framework into Vista through the use of what it calls a “Cardspace.”