An identity provider is the provider of digital identity information. This is in contrast to a Relying Party
, which receives digital identity information.Types of Identity Providers
- Self-Issued Identity Providers, usually built into or coupled with the Identity Selector, allow the user to create, modify, and send information they have specified about themselves. A Relying Party in this case does not use the digital identity due to a relationship with the identity provider, but instead has a relationship directly with the user.
- Managed Identity Providers, usually a organization, will empower a user to share digital identity information with a Relying Party, but does not necessarily allow the user to modify their own information. A Relying Party in this case will use the digital identity due to the relationship with the identity provider more than with the user