An identity provider is the provider of digital identity information. This is in contrast to a
, 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