Microsoft snaps up U-Prove

March 9, 2008

Credentica’s U-Prove technology has been bought by Microsoft for an undisclosed sum. All the underlying patents are included in the deal.

U-Prove is an online security technology developed by Stefan Brands for Credentica, which helps fight privacy violations by assisting users to make sure that they are only revealing the minimum amount of personal data they need to when shopping online.

It uses cryptography to block cyber-crooks from collecting personal information from users.

Kim Cameron, chief architect of identity and access at Microsoft, said that U-Prove would be especially useful to medical applications, military systems and for identity outsourcing. She added that ‘U-Prove is the equivalent in the privacy world of RSA in the security space’.

Microsoft will integrate the new technology into its Windows Communication Foundation and Windows CardSpace identity protection platform.

Brands and two of his colleagues at Credentica, Greg Thompson and Christian Paquin, will join Microsoft’s Identity and Access team as part of the deal.


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