Digital identity standards group. Set up at the instigation of Sun Microsystems in 2001, the Liberty Alliance Project is a consortium of technology vendors and consumer-facing enterprises formed "to establish an open standard for federated network identity." It aims to make it easier for consumers to access networked services from multiple suppliers while safeguarding security and privacy. Its specifications have been published in three phases: the Identity Federation Framework (ID-FF) came first; the Identity Web Services Framework (ID-WSF) followed in November 2003; and work is in progress on the Identity Services Interface Specifications (ID-SIS). Liberty Alliance specifications are closely linked to the SAML single sign-on standard, and overlap with elements of WS-Security.