'relying party' and 'identity consumer'

Martin Atkins mart at degeneration.co.uk
Sun Nov 27 12:10:59 PST 2005

Joaquin Miller wrote:
> Alice is surfing.  To refer to an entity, which requests either confirmation 
> that it is indeed Alice or some other information about Alice, as an 'identity 
> consumer' is strictly correct.
> http://www.joaquin.net/ODP/Part2/13.html#13.3.4
> Then, of course, we will all shorten that to 'consumer.'
> Now we have Amazon being the consumer, instead of Alice.
> This is my argument, as i strongly urge that we use 'relying party'* instead of 
> 'identity consumer.'

I must say that the term "relying party" doesn't mean anything to me at
all. I only know what you're talking about because I've seen other
people use that term interchangably with "identity consumer".

Though perhaps I'm biased; I was, after all, the person who originally
proposed the term "consumer" for OpenID.

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