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Harvard, Tech Firms Push Data Privacy

Monty Solomon (
Mon, 27 Feb 2006 23:49:13 -0500

Goal is to let Net users control the personal

By Robert Weisman, Globe Staff

Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society is joining with a
consortium of technology companies, including IBM Corp. and Novell
Inc., today to unveil an 'open security' project aimed at creating
software to give people more control over their online identities.

The initiative, which is set to be spelled out at a forum in New York,
is code-named Higgins, after a long-tailed Tasmanian mouse symbolizing
the 'long tail' of micro-markets -- dozens of websites and online
retailers of interest to an individual -- that sponsors believe will
be tapped by the user-centric identity management system they are

For individuals, such a system promises a 'single sign-on' enabling
the sharing with third parties of personal information, ranging from
bank and credit card accounts to medical records and phone numbers,
said John H. Clippinger, senior fellow at the Berkman Center at
Harvard Law School.

Clippinger said the system will enable people to share tiers of their
digital data with different parties, giving broader access to doctors,
for example, than to cable companies.

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