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Terms of Use

Terms of Use

This site is maintained by the Kantara Initiative Inc, but no longer updated, following the transition of IDESG's assets to Kantara in July 2018, with the support of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the NIST or NSTIC; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (“NSTIC” or “Strategy”), signed by President Obama in April 2011, acknowledges and addresses a major weakness in cyberspace – a lack of confidence and assurance that people, organizations, and businesses are who they say they are online. The NSTIC calls for the establishment of a private sector-led Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG) to administer the development and adoption of the Identity Ecosystem Framework. The IDESG (“IDESG”, “we”, “us”, “our”) receives its authority to operate from the active participation of its membership in accordance with the Rules of Association (ROA). TFS was selected as the Secretariat to serve as the administrative arm of the IDESG.

You are invited to submit articles, post comments, sign up to receive newsletters and RSS feeds, and visit this site. By using the site, you expressly acknowledge and agree that any use of the site will be in accordance with these Terms of Use. If you do not agree to be bound by these Terms of Use, you may not use the site. The IDESG reserves the right to modify these Terms of Use at any time and will publish notifications of material modifications at its sole discretion. By continuing to access the site after notice of such modifications have been published, you signify your agreement to be bound by them.

The Terms of Use was last modified on May 23, 2013


The site is intended to support the development and adoption of the IDESG. It is not a forum for the exchange of legal advice or sensitive personal information. Some of the content is not moderated by the IDESG and reflects the personal opinions of the posters. The site is not intended for users under the age of 13, and those users are expressly prohibited from submitting their personal information to IDESG.


If you believe that any content on the site violates the Terms of Use, please notify the IDESG by sending an email to . We do not guarantee that any action will be taken as a result of your email.

Do Not Violate Posting or Commenting Rules

If you choose to provide comments, postings, or any other content, you are responsible for your own postings, and your postings should be truthful and accurate. Do not make postings that involve the following:
· Securities for sale, barter, or exchange
· Harassment, defamation, threats, stalking, bullying, or violations of the legal rights of others
· Illegal activities
· Impersonation of any person or entity, or falsely states or misrepresents your affiliation with a person or entity
· Infringement of another’s intellectual property, including, but not limited to, trade secrets, trademarks and copyrights of any type
· Obscene, vulgar, bigoted, hateful, or racially offensive language or images
· Commercial advertising
· Gambling, contests, chain letters, “pyramid schemes,” or “multi-level marketing” schemes
· Violations of any applicable local, state, national, or international law in connection with your use of the site. This includes securities laws and regulations.
· Comments personally attacking the author of a post.
Furthermore, you agree that, if a third party claims that any material you have contributed to the site is unlawful, you will bear the full burden of establishing that the material complies with all applicable laws. The IDESG reserves the right to edit, delete, or hide any postings without notice or reason.

Disclosure Policy

The IDESG reserves the right to disclose any information as necessary to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process, or governmental request. We may also edit, refuse to post, or remove any posting at our sole discretion. We reserve the right to restrict access by any users we believe, in our sole discretion, are engaged in inappropriate, unprofessional, or unlawful conduct.


Neither the content of the site, nor the links to other websites contained therein, are routinely moderated, screened, approved, reviewed, or endorsed by the IDESG or any affiliated person or entity. The site and any information, products or services therein are provided “as is” without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including without limitation, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for use of a particular purpose, or non-infringement. The IDESG does not warrant that the site will operate in an uninterrupted or error-free manner or that the site is free of viruses or other harmful components. Use of information obtained from or through the site is at your own risk. The IDESG is not liable for any loss or damages including, but not limited to, claims for defamation, errors, loss of data, or interruption in availability of data arising out of the use or inability to use the site or any links; to your placement of content on the site; or to your reliance upon information obtained from or through the site or through links contained on the site.


In consideration for your agreement to these Terms of Use, the IDESG grants you a personal, non-exclusive, non-transferable, revocable license to access and use the site. You may access the material on the site only for your own personal, non-commercial use. The burden of determining that use of any information obtained from the site is permissible rests with you.

Choice of Law and Forum

You agree that any dispute arising out of or relating to these Terms of Use or any content posted to the site, including copies and republication thereof, whether based in contract, tort, statutory, or other law, will be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia.


You agree to indemnify and hold the IDESG and any affiliated person or entity harmless from any claims, losses or damages, including legal fees, resulting from your violation of these Terms of Use, your use of the site or your placement of any content onto the site, and to fully cooperate in the IDESG’s or any affiliated person’s or entity’s defense against any such claims.


These Terms of Use constitute the entire agreement between you and the IDESG and any affiliated persons or parties with respect to the subject matter herein and supersedes any and all prior or contemporaneous oral or written agreements.

Contact Us

If you have questions specifically about the Terms of Use, or to legal issues pertaining to the practices of the site or your use of the site, please contact us.

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