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Credential Service Provider

Credential Service Provider
A trusted entity that issues or registers Subscriber tokens and issues electronic credentials to Subscribers. The CSP may encompass Registration Authorities (RAs) and Verifiers that it operates. A CSP may be an independent third party, or may issue credentials for its own use.

Registration Authority

Registration Authority  
A trusted entity that establishes and vouches for the identity or attributes of a Subscriber to a CSP. The RA may be an integral part of a CSP, or it may be independent of a CSP, but it has a relationship to the CSP(s).

Claimant

Claimant 
A party whose identity is to be verified using an authentication protocol.


Identity Thief

A person pretending to be a Claimant, presenting information to be verified in order to obtain a fraudulent credential.