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Identity assurance

[m]eans to ensure the integrity and authenticity of identity information.[1]
is the capability to affix, verify, and/or determine the identity of a person (living, deceased, unconscious, non-functioning, uncooperative, or unaware), an organization, or entity. It is used to protect or control access to property, people, or information or used in any situation in which the identity of an individual or a population of individuals must be known and tracked, such as non-combat relief operations, disbursement, or access to benefits.[2]


  1. National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace: Creating Options for Enhanced Online Security and Privacy, at 33.
  2. Biometrics Identity Management Agency, Biometrics Glossary, at 35 (Ver. 5) (Oct. 2010) (full-text).