Ethereum developer Fabian Vogelsteller created Ethereum Request for Comment 725 (ERC725) on GitHub. Despite the fact, that the project doesn’t even have an assigned Ethereum Improvement Proposal number, within 24 hours, the plan for a standardized identity system for humans and machines gained significant hype.
This was not meant to be tweeted yet https://t.co/TdpgfBPGS9
— Fabian Vogelsteller (@feindura) October 3, 2017
On GitHub, UX designer and fellow Ethereum Foundation member Alex Van de Sande called the ERC “very useful,” while suggesting some adjustments.
In an email to ethnews.com, Vogelsteller explaines, that “identity is certainly one of the most [important] missing pieces in the blockchain ecosystem". According to the creator, ERC725 solves quite a lot of problems.
“This needs to be standardized so that other contracts can interact with real world identities, automatically check and verify them. It’s not mainly necessary for interfaces alone. Also, this contract represents ONE identity. The addition of claims needs to be standardized, so that other identities can issue claims about each other.
Ethereum Request for Comment 725 (ERC725) creator
As the man views it, crrently everybody collects all information about you separately to make sure they know who you are (e.g. banks, credit services, or any service which needs to have KYC). A standard will help insofar that everybody can auto check certain claims, and therefore don’t need to store actual details about you anymore, as they - as long as they trust the claim issuer – don’t need to have the actual information. The current over-collecting is because of lack of a better system.
On October 12th, Fabian Vogelsteller is to present ERC725 at the Ethereum London Meetup. What the future has in stock for it, remains to be seen, yet is is definitely worth monitoring.
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