A digital identity is a number, code, record, object or collection of attributes that are used by information technologies to identify entities such as people, organizations, users and customers. The following are common types of identity.
GovernmentGovernment identification of people and organizations such as a birth certificate or corporate registration. Government identification is required to access services such as banking that are carefully tracked by governments for purposes such as compliance and taxation.
OrganizationalIdentification issued by organizations such as a school id or corporate id.
CustomerIdentification of customers such as a bank card or a phone number.
UserA registration process that creates an account for a user. In some cases, users may use a pseudonym, nickname or pen name that allows some degree of anonymity.
TransactionalAn temporary identity that is established for a single transaction.
Anonymous An identity that is established specifically to allow a user to remain anonymous.
NetworkingNetwork addresses such as an IP address.
MachineMachine identifiers such as a serial number.
AttributesA collection of attributes that together identify an entity. For example, marketing technologies may attempt to identify customers based on attributes such as IP address and phone number.
|Definition|| A number, code, record, object or collection of attributes that are used by information technologies to identify entities such as people, organizations, users, customers, contributors, actors, equipment, machines and software entities.|
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