The B.C. Identity Management Forum, established by the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), has developed a set of requirements, and a conceptual architecture for identity management which include:
- a user-centric architecture where identity information passes through the user at the initiation of the user,
- privacy best practices,
- a security gradient,
- authoritative sources of identity claims, and
- loose coupling of architecture components to allow the system to scale.
The result is a claims-based approach to identity management involving three key actors: