Connect.Me and miiCard: First Respect Network Founding Partner Integration
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Nov. 13, 2012 – P2P reputation and social discovery provider Connect.Me and online identity verification company miiCard today announced that they have partnered to create the first verified social reputation card. This is the first integration between Founding Partners of the Respect Network, a coalition of companies putting people back in control of their data on the social web.
Connect.Me helps users consolidate and be discovered for their peer reputation across any skill, interest, or topic. “By adding miiCard’s ability to prove ‘you are who you say you are’ users can now establish a higher level of trust and credibility in their areas of interest and expertise” said Drummond Reed, Managing Director of the Respect Network, “And it’s all displayed in a single intuitive card.”
“We are excited about this integration with miiCard because it shows how a Connect.Me social reputation card can be extended to show multiple levels of verification and social proof,” said Gary Rowe, Respect Network CEO. “By leveraging bank-grade identity verification, miiCard will help individuals unlock greater value from their personal data and relationships.”
miiCard’s Level of Assurance 3 (LOA3) identity verification service can prove a user’s identity to the level of a photo ID completely online and in just minutes, allowing consumers to track, monitor and take complete control of their online identity. This is the first step in building trust online so that individuals and companies can interact safely and securely. Using the authority and security inherent in a user’s online financial accounts to validate identity, miiCard is able to verify approximately 300 million users across nine countries and five continents today.
“Online reputation is critical to how we meet, interact and transact online,” said miiCard CEO James Varga. “By adding the capability for Connect.Me users to strongly and continuously verify their identity, miiCard raises both the value and the currency of a user’s reputation.”
About Respect Network and Connect.Me
Respect Network is the world’s first personal cloud network. It revolutionizes the social business model by giving people the ability to control and receive the value of their personal data, reputation, and relationships. All members subscribe to the Respect Trust Framework, the new model for personal data sharing that is listed with the Open Identity Exchange and won the Privacy Award at the 2011 European Identity Conference. For a list of the 20 Respect Network Founding Partner companies, see http://respectnetwork.com/. The first component of the Respect Network is Connect.Me, the P2P reputation and social discovery service available at http://connect.me/.
miiCard is a global online identity verification service that allows a user to prove for the first time that “I am who I say I am” purely online and in real-time. miiCard empowers consumers to build trust on social networks, trade and transact easily and with confidence, and proactively manage their online identity. Vendors accepting miiCard as proof of online identity can increase conversions, reduce cost of execution and augment fraud and identity theft protection. miiCard currently supports the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa, India, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and France.
Michael Azzano for miiCard
Mara Stefan for Connect.Me & Respect Network