Part of the NSTIC pilot involves PRIVO establishing the Minors Trust Framework. It consists of a collection of policies and online tools that provide parents control over the online activities of their children. It also helps businesses meet the requirements of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998, or COPPA.
Verizon’s cloud and identity management technologies will help enable the framework, which will support the use of login credentials by families, teachers and businesses, says Peter Graham, senior identity strategist at Verizon.
As the year progresses more functionality will be unveiled, says Denise Tayloe, president and chief executive officer at PRIVO. Eventually there will be a portal where parents can register and enable their children to access sites that comply with the Minors Trust Framework.
Alternatively, sites can have systems in place so parents can enable access on a case-by-case basis. For example, the Houston Texans have a kid’s fan club and if a child wants to sign up the child would have to enter their parent’s email address and the parent would then enable the child to create an account.
If parents already have a PRIVO account set up, certain sites and apps can be preauthorized as well.
“We’re going to enable a global kid identity network,” Tayloe says. “There will be assessment criteria for ID providers and relying parties — and it will ultimately provide interoperable service that can leverage existing parent credentials.”
The online identity credentials – delivered through Verizon’s Universal Identity Services – will indicate parental consent, helping to reduce the capture of sensitive information about a child and enabling easier, more secure online access to digital content from computers, gaming consoles and mobile devices.
PRIVO expects 1 million credentials to be issued under the Minors Trust Framework by the end of 2014, with a total of 10 million by the pilot’s end in 2015.