, the specifications allow companies to securely share identity and account information across several Web sites and to provide a single sign-on to Web sites for consumers. That would eliminate the need for customers to re-enter their information multiple times.
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The latest version of the so-called Liberty Identity Web Services Framework is built on several standards, including the Security Assertion Markup Language, Simple Object Access Protocol, Extensible Markup Language and Web Services Security.
The Liberty Identity Web Services Framework was created to compete with Microsoft's .Net framework, also based on many standards. Sun Microsystems launched Liberty, but the effort is now controlled by many companies.
The Liberty Alliance also announced that it has released an initial "owners manual" to help companies that implement the framework do so in a privacy-compliant manner. The organization said it formed a new group, the Services Group, to develop specifications for various services that could use the new framework.
Among the companies that announced support for the new Phase 2 specifications are Phaos Technology, Ping Identity, Sun Microsystems, Trustgenix and Vodafone Group.