The first draft of the American Bar Association Task Force Report tentatively titled “Solving the Legal Challenges of Online Identity Management” has been posted on the Task Force Web site for review and comment.
It is set out in three parts, as three separate documents:
- Part 1: Identity Management Fundamentals and Terminology
- Part 2: Legal Regulation of, and Barriers to, Identity Management
- Part 3: Structuring the Legal Framework for an Identity System
The three documents can be downloaded here. The documents are located on the right side of the page, immediately under the heading “Resources and Drafts.”
The draft is still preliminary but are supposed to act as a starting point for discussion. The task force wants to move ahead quickly so input and suggested revisions are welcome, says Tom Smedinghoff, a partner at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP and chairman of the group.
Smedinghoff would like individual’s reviewing the document to consider three things:
- Are those the right topics to address?
- What topics are missing?
- What topics should be deleted or reordered?
There has been a change in terminology in the draft as well.
The term “System Rules” is a substitute for the “Trust Framework.” This was done on the theory that “System Rules” is a more commonly used and more self-explanatory term and because the term “Trust Framework,” although frequently used, seems to generate a fair amount of confusion.
This draft will be the focus of the Task Force meeting in Washington DC on Jan. 12-13. A separate agenda and logistics for the meeting will be circulated shortly.
This draft will also be discussed at the Cyberspace Committee Winter Working Meeting in San Francisco on the afternoon of Jan. 20 and in the morning of Jan. 21.