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Re: Principal Authority – new article on Wyoming law defining Digital Identity

From: Dazza Greenwood <dazza@civics.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2021 18:58:58 -0400
Message-Id: <B78479C7-7E84-446E-B59E-41C8113D8353@civics.com>
Cc: Christopher Allen <ChristopherA@lifewithalacrity.com>, Alan Karp <alanhkarp@gmail.com>, Chris Rothfuss <Chris.Rothfuss@wyoleg.gov>, Clare Sullivan <cls268@law.georgetown.edu>, Credentials Community Group <public-credentials@w3.org>, Moses Ma <moses.ma@futurelabconsulting.com>
To: Adrian Gropper <agropper@healthurl.com>
I can take #1 at least. The Wyoming statute has a specific provision for individual natural persons and a corresponding provision for all other legal entities. The provision covering individual natural persons has its own encapsulated definition and you can distinguish it from organizations or other legal entities easily by just citing to that section of law when that’s what you want to talk about or use in some way.

BTW, the defined term  defining term for individual natural persons is a “personal digital identity” to distinguish it from the more general and varied things covered by the two words “digital identity” as well as to distinguish it from the definition of organizational digital identity which is covered in the very next section of the statute. 

Two basic concepts underlying both provisions are that the source of this defined identity is the entity itself and also that the entity exercises principal authority over their personal or organizational identity, respectively. 

Daniel "Dazza" Greenwood, JD
CIVICS.com & Law.MIT.edu
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> On Sep 16, 2021, at 6:29 PM, Adrian Gropper <agropper@healthurl.com> wrote:
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> Three questions for Chris and our group related to real-word challenges to SSI progress:
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> W1 - Is the Wyoming process concerned only about the identity and authority of natural persons and, if so, does the need for "efficiency" in cases where an identity is about a role or a thing introduce confusion into our work products?
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> W2 - How would the Wyoming process apply to biometrics as a component of identity? See https://github.com/w3c-ccg/community/issues/211 for a few specifics.
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> W3 - When authority over identity maps into authority over a verifiable credential, would the Wyoming process deal with request and authorization protocols differently as applied to the Issuer vs the Holder of the VC?
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> - Adrian
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>> On Thu, Sep 16, 2021 at 5:16 PM Christopher Allen <ChristopherA@lifewithalacrity.com> wrote:
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>>> On Thu, Sep 16, 2021 at 1:25 PM Alan Karp <alanhkarp@gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Delegating an identity doesn't connote that it's limited.
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>> There is nothing in what is in the current law or those proposed that says you delegate your whole identity, but instead that you have as a natural person the Principal Authority around your digital self that can be the foundation of various rights.
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>> For instance, when I delegate decisions abou certain assets to a financial advisor, I don’t give them rights over all my assets. But the assets I do delegate to them decisions about, the decisions that my financial advisor makes must benefit me. The can’t consider their personal benefit.
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>> — Christopher Allen

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