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Microsoft U-Prove “Crypto-Based ID Protection”

Microsoft has picked up a powerful new online-privacy technology that it says it wants to share … eventually.

In a move that could extend its already substantial presence in the realm of identity access and management, the software giant recently announced it had acquired the patents to the U-Prove technology developed by cryptographer Stefan Brands and his colleagues at the Montreal startup, Credentica.

Implemented properly, the U-Prove algorithms could allow users to exercise absolute control over the information they release online; guarantee that whatever information they did release would not linger indefinitely; and make it impossible to hack, link or trace that information back to them.

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Microsoft, Security, Online Security, Internet Security, Cryptography, U-Prove, Technology, ID Protection

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