Terms of Use

Origin and Context

This site was developed and maintained by the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group, Inc. (IDESG at www.idesg.org) 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 NSTIC or NIST; 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, acknowledged and addressed 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 called 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 received 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.

As of June 25, 2018, Kantara Initiative and the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG) jointly announced that Kantara would take on the work artifacts, current workstreams, committees and membership of the IDESG*. The work of IDESG will continue to be operated by the Kantara Initiative with the IDESG brand retained for selected US facing activities.

Kantara, and the newly formed IDESG working group committee at Kantara, value privacy, and we want you (“user”, “you”) to have the information you need to make your own decisions about your privacy.

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. Kantara and IDESG reserve the right to modify these Terms of Use at any time and will publish notifications of material modifications at their 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 July 30, 2018.


The site is intended to support the development and adoption of the IDEF. It is not a forum for the exchange of legal advice or sensitive personal information. 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 Kantara by contacting us. We do not guarantee that any action will be taken as a result of your email.

Disclosure Policy

Kantara and the IDESG reserve 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 posted registrations of products 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 Kantara and 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. Kantara and IDESG do 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. Kantara and IDESG are 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, Kantara and the IDESG grant 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 Kantara and 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 Kantara’s and 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 Kantara 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.

E-mail Address: administrator@idefregistry.org

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