A Digital Constitution

The Respect Trust Framework, publicly listed with the Open Identity Exchange since May 2011, is a contract between members of a digital trust network. Winner of the Privacy Award at the 2011 European Identity Conference, it defines a set of core principles for respect of personal data that provides a strong foundation for a whole new era of apps and services.

An Overview of the Respect Trust Framework

  1. The Respect Trust Framework establishes five simple universal principles governing the control and protection of identity and personal data­­—principles that operate at a higher level than conventional privacy policies. These principles can be summed up in “the 5 P’s”: A promise of permission, protection, portability, and proof.
  2. The framework also specifies a network-wide reputation system with four escalating levels of trust as the primary enforcement mechanism for compliance. This unique form of self-regulation provides a strong incentive for every member of the network to “do the right thing” with personal data and communications. Individuals can begin using this socially-verified reputation network today at Connect.Me; both individuals and businesses will soon be able to begin using it on with personal and business clouds on the Respect Network.
  3. The Respect Trust Framework can be extended by any subcommunity that has more specific trust requirements. Such a community—for example, a financial services network, a health information network, a children’s network, or a social network—can inherit all the benefits of the Respect Trust Framework and the Respect Reputation System while adding more specific rules and regulations that apply within their own network.

2011 EIC Privacy Award

The Complete Wording of the Five Respect Principles