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IBM’s privacy tool goes open-source

January 26th, 2007

According to an article on ZDNet, IBM will donate a new privacy tool to the Higgins open source project. The software, called Identity Mixer, was developed by IBM researchers to let people protect personal information when doing business online.

“For example, when making a purchase online, buyers would provide an encrypted credential issued by their credit card company instead of actual credit card details. The online store can´t access the credential, but passes it on to the credit card issuer, which can verify it and make sure the retailer gets paid.”

IBM will donate Identity Mixer to Higgins project, an open-source project backed by IBM and Novell that aims to help people easier manage their private information. The project is still under development.

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