Digital Identity Framework

IOTA Identity builds on the W3C's proposed standards for a digital identity framework. This framework includes three roles.


Holders are the owners of digital identities. They have ultimate control over their data and choose how much and with whom they share their data with.


Issuers are trusted third parties or authorities that generate and issue credentials to holders, such as health records or identity documents.


Verifiers are any third parties that need to verify the authenticity of a holder's data. A verifier might, for example, need to validate that the holder is who they say they are.

Decentralized Identifiers (DID)

Decentralized Identifiers serve as a reference to a DID Document. This document contains data such as public keys, enabling the holder to prove ownership over their personal data.

Verifiable Credentials are statements about the holder. They can be verified online or in person, and the holder decides who to share them with.

This framework has various use cases, including:


Address Validation

Customers can prove where they live for shipping and billing addresses.


Age verification

Customers can prove they are 18+ for online purchases.

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Authority Login

Customers can prove who they are and gain access to their account without passwords.

Digital Identity Solutions

Identity Of Things

Identity Of Things

Devices have an identity that proves their capabilities, specifications, and authenticity to allow others to feel confident in transacting with them.

Self sovereign identity

Self sovereign identity

Individuals have a borderless digital identity that can be verified by anyone or anything in the world.

Regulatory Compliance

Regulatory Compliance

Organizations can use digital identities to follow regulations such as GDPR in a more cost-efficient way.

The Case for a Unified Identity

Our vision of a digital identity for Things, Organizations, and Individuals.

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