BES_Identity Management with ERC 1484

Since this image was published in 1993 NewYorker, a new quest for managing identities have started. Since then, there have been a number of efforts carried out in order to know who we’re interacting with on the internet. Blockchain as well has introduced another layer of anonymity to the users using it. All we know about our BitCoin trader is his address. Although efforts are being done to identify the authenticity and identity of the blockchain users through KYC and other techniques, the struggle stills seem constant. There are platforms like Sovrin, uPort, and blockstack who have tried to solve the identity management issues by customizing the smart contracts so as to solve the issue. Meanwhile, there are some actors like the “Hydrogen Team” who are looking at it by creating standard protocols for identity in the public blockchain like ethereum.

The same team who were the founders of the ERC-725 alliance have now started to think of identity at an aggregate level. It is simply a protocol for aggregating digital identity information that’s broadly interoperable with existing, proposed, and hypothetical future digital identity standards. Companies stated above are all working on identity-related projects on Ethereum. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been broad consensus around which specific identity framework to use, and as a result, each is pursuing slightly different and potentially incompatible approaches. If they all leveraged a common protocol like ERC-1484 that’s flexible enough to incorporate the specific functionality required for each of their services, yet general enough to be interoperable, their identity products would be that much better. ERC-1484 can be thought of like a wallet — the individual credit cards and IDs can be from any of the other companies and standards, such as Civic, uPort, Sovrin, or even Hydrogen.

It differs from ERC-725 (Key/Claim-Based Identity), ERC-1056 (Lightweight Delegated Identity), and other proposals in that it is meant to function one level below these frameworks, as an aggregator. ERC-1484 identities essentially consist of collections of addresses that are permissioned to ensure that

  1. Users have ultimate control over their identity
  2. Users can offload some tedious identity management tasks to identity providers
  3. Users/user-selected identity providers have complete control over which applications they want to link to their identity.

ERC-1484 has no doubt started an all-new way of thinking about managing identities. Let’s wait and see how many are willing to adopt it and what sort of new improvements will be brought to it.

How Blockchain Can Benefit Law Enforcement Agencies

People have been hearing about the Blockchain technology for the past few years and different businesses have been adopted this technology for their business use cases. Blockchain, since its evolution, has disrupted many industries through its secured immutable decentralized distributed nature. The major adopters of this technology belong to the supply chain, real estate, banking and finance, health care, and education sectors. Another sector that is adopting this technology on a large scale is – Law enforcement. Law enforcement in a country is the responsibility of its government and there are different agencies and departments in every country who are part of the governing body and their main responsibility is to ensure the proper regulation of laws.

Unfortunately, these law enforcement agencies have to face many challenges due to lack of an interconnected system that can enable the law enforcement departments to share the data among each other and maintain the record of evidence reports against the crimes being committed. As the ways to commit crimes have been advanced, therefore there is a need to keep everything on record so that the criminal activities can be tracked more effectively and efficiently. Blockchain, being a secured distributed ledger can be a game-changer in this regard as the data stored on it can never be changed. So if an ecosystem is developed in which all the law enforcement agencies are interconnected and share authentic information with each other including the identity of every citizen, then this would be a great step towards a secure, transparent, and trustworthy environment where no one will be able to bypass any rule regulated by the government.

Once such a system will be developed, this will make many things easier while investigating any case or criminal activity. Moreover, the investigation reports coming to the justice courts will be trusted by all the associated entities as they will be knowing that the data used in those reports were generated from the authentic source and can be cross-checked as it is stored on the blockchain and available for any use, any time. Moreover, as the data stored on the blockchain is tamper proof, therefore, it will establish a trust between the police and other institutes involved.

Blockchain can serve law enforcement agencies in several possible use cases,




Many companies are trying to solve different problems for law enforcement agencies for tracing criminalities, secure interoperable, interagency data sharing, decentralizing emergency alert/response infrastructure, and standardizing distributed crime reports.