Minors Trust Framework


The Minors Trust Framework

The Minors Trust Framework (MTF) is an online identity trust model, created by PRIVO under the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) Pilot Grant program, a White House initiative, offering a complete set of technical, operational, and legal policies.

The MTF is an innovative approach to fostering the adoption of online identity trust services that focuses specifically on children’s identity and parental consent within the context of complying with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and emerging international policies. Specifically, the MTF was designed keeping NSTIC’s vision in focus: allowing individuals and organizations secure, easy-to-use, and interoperable identity solutions to access online services in a manner that promotes confidence, privacy, choice, and innovation.

The MTF is mapped to the IDEF, COPPA, Student Privacy Pledge, FICAM and soon the GDPR.

The MTF is housed with the Foundation for Technology and Privacy Outreach.

The MTF encompasses

  • Relying Party assessment, audit, and certification guidelines
  • Identity Provider certification at multiple levels of assurance
  • Interoperable policies, protocols and reference implementation allowing identity verification services, attribute providers, and credentialing authorities to engage with MTF Network members
  • Oversight by PRIVO, one of the most trusted FTC COPPA Safe Harbors

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