Ethereum Foundation backs Spruce’s vision for decentralized identity verification

The Ethereum Foundation (EF), and Ethereum Name Service(ENS) support a system that allows secure sign-in with Ethereum from Spruce, a decentralized identity software company.

Spruce’s system won after EF/ENS sent a Request For Proposals in July asking developers and software companies to submit sign-in packages using Oauth, an open standard for access delegation.

The firm announced Sept. 13 that it aims to give users control over their online identities. This is an alternative to giving your personal data to companies like Apple, Google, and Facebook.

Spruce noted that the Ethereum ecosystem already has “tens of million of monthly active wallet users” signing with their cryptographic key for financial transactions, community governance and more.

“The security of these wallets was proven by billions of dollars worth of digital assets. This is not theoretical security but actual production tests. These wallets are also able to be used for signing in to Web2 services.

Spruce will closely work with ENS, the Ethereum Foundation, to ensure that its solution conforms to existing standards throughout the Ethereum ecosystem. Spruce emphasizes that the final result will be “friendly to implementers while remaining vendor neutral.”

The team stated that “By standardizing the workflow, millions of Ethereum customers will be able use a digital ID that they fully control to seamlessly connect to the web.”

Spruce said that the company has begun to deliver best-practices surveys, user research, specification drafts and reference implementation.

Related:Decentralized identity is the way to fighting data and privacy theft

Cointelegraph reported in July that Numio, a crypto payment and identity management platform, had created an app that allows users verify their identity to web service without revealing any sensitive information. Numio’s system uses zero knowledge proofs to cryptographically verify data.

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