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RE: The DID service endpoint privacy challenge

From: Deventer, M.O. (Oskar) van <oskar.vandeventer@tno.nl>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2020 09:44:59 +0000
To: Oliver Terbu <oliver.terbu@consensys.net>, Adrian Gropper <agropper@healthurl.com>
CC: W3C DID Working Group <public-did-wg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <8f34039940864bceada2450c57021aec@tno.nl>
Please make sure which privacy requirements we are actually talking about, see

Note that also some organisations require privacy, e.g. an organisation of under-cover journalists.
Also: to what extent would ToR onion addresses qualify as service endpoint?

From: Oliver Terbu <oliver.terbu@consensys.net>
Sent: 29 June 2020 11:38
To: Adrian Gropper <agropper@healthurl.com>
Cc: W3C DID Working Group <public-did-wg@w3.org>
Subject: Re: The DID service endpoint privacy challenge

I also want to add that the privacy challenge depends also on the use case. A company that has a DID and wants to advertise their services is different from end users who want to share data with someone else and even here it depends on which persona the DID represents.


On Mon, Jun 29, 2020 at 11:29 AM Oliver Terbu <oliver.terbu@consensys.net<mailto:oliver.terbu@consensys.net>> wrote:
I agree that there is a privacy challenge.

Three approaches:
1. The service endpoint should be as aggregated as possible which means the endpoint itself should not allow Eve to identify a single entity.
2. Don't use service endpoints in public DID Documents.
3. Propagate service endpoints using the `initial-value` DID parameter which is similar to 2.

If there must be one, then we could define a DID service discovery endpoint (similar to OpenID Connect<https://openid.net/specs/openid-connect-discovery-1_0.html>) that provides meta-data about all enabled service capabilities. But I would argue that this is not the best solution.


On Mon, Jun 29, 2020 at 11:15 AM Adrian Gropper <agropper@healthurl.com<mailto:agropper@healthurl.com>> wrote:
I’m hoping to speed the privacy discussion across DID, auth, and SDS by introducing a challenge:

DiDs are a public and persistent identifier that will be indexed, correlated, analyzed and catalogued to create new opportunities for privacy and security mischief including inferences leading to discrimination, spam, and denial of service attacks. The mitigation of these attacks is rooted in the demarcation between the public DID Document and the private user agent that controls the DID, often secured by a biometric.

This demarcation is the service endpoint. If DIDs were normatively restricted to a single service endpoint privacy analysis would be greatly simplified. Allowing multiple service endpoints of the same type and of different types (authorization, storage, notification) makes privacy analysis of DIDs more difficult and unintended consequences more likely.

If there were only one service endpoint, what would it be and could it accommodate authentication, authorization, storage, and notification uses without undue limitation?

- Adrian
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