Network World has an piece on Symantec considering becoming an identity provider. Apparently Symantec thinks Internet identity services are like credit cards too, at least that is how they would plan to charge for the service should they offer it. The model makes a lot of sense since it is the vendors and service providers that stand to gain the most from verified identity - cold hard cash from additional business. Of course the convenience of the transaction is something consumers greatly benefit from, but usually it is not a good idea to charge customers in order to do business with you.

Mark Dixon has his business hat on as ever when he notes that this “illustrates the reality that both technical and business issues must be resolved for Identity providers to work.”

Too true.