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Re: Non-correlation / pseudo-anonymity (was Re: VOTE: Verifiable Claims Terminology)

From: Steven Rowat <steven_rowat@sunshine.net>
Date: Sat, 11 Jun 2016 10:31:20 -0700
To: Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>, public-credentials@w3.org
Message-ID: <a9aaae05-c932-d789-b45b-da11c760bf64@sunshine.net>
On 6/11/16 9:46 AM, Manu Sporny wrote:
> On 06/11/2016 07:27 AM, David Chadwick wrote:
>> By using a common ID for two different identity profiles we produce
>> a correlation handle for the relying parties.
> Yes, correlation handles are REQUIRED for a number of use cases.
> Pseudo-anonymity is REQUIRED for others. We need both.
> For example:
> You get a driver's license from Entity A.
> You get a proof of employment from Entity B.
> A bank asks you to submit both to open a new account. In a non-common ID
> scenario, how does an automated software program determine that the
> driver's license and the proof of employment are talking about the same
> identifier?

I'm not seeing a problem with this yet with the John (entity) and 
Alfred and Bob (pseudonyms) example. Only the pseudonym "Alfred" will 
be used to represent a single person, and so only one identifier will 
be used for the license, the proof of employment, and the Bank (for 

If the government gets a warrant to find out who Alfred is, they can, 
and somewhere there will exist a registry that links John and Alfred's 
separate ids.

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