Own your digital identity

Discover decentralized identity, a new way to provide ownership of personal data.

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Microsoft believes everyone has the right to own their digital identity, one that securely and privately stores all personal data. This ID must seamlessly integrate into daily life and give complete control over data access and use.

Decentralized identity benefits

For everyone

Own and control your digital identity and protect your privacy with secure user experiences.

For organizations

Engage with less risk, use electronic claim verification, and improve transparency and auditability.

For developers

Design user-centric apps and services and build true serverless apps that store data with users.

Identity has reached a pivotal point

Today your identity includes more data than ever before, but you don’t own it. Microsoft is partnering with the community to develop a new identity system that gives you control and preserves privacy.

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DID ecosystem infographic of Users circled by User Agent, W3C Decentralized Identifiers, Blockchains and Ledgers, DIF Universal Resolver and Identity Hub, and DID Attestations connected to People, Apps, and Devices through DID Authentication.

What is decentralized identity?

Decentralized identity can replace identifiers, such as usernames, with IDs that are self-owned, independent, and use blockchain and distributed ledger technology to protect privacy and secure transactions.

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Scalable decentralized ID systems

The next step in realizing our vision for the future of decentralized identities.

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Decentralized identity and privacy

Championing digital privacy through identity.

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Mastercard, Microsoft join forces

Mastercard, Microsoft join forces to advance digital identity innovations.

Related solutions

Identity and access management

Protect your employees and the modern workplace with a security-centric identity solution.

Azure Blockchain

Quickly develop and deploy distributed apps on the blockchain of your choice.

Privacy at Microsoft

Protecting your data is our highest priority. Learn about the built-in privacy and compliance capabilities across Microsoft products.

Additional resources

Request a demo

If you’re interested in trying our early-stage projects, send us an email.

Get involved

Help build an open-source, decentralized identity ecosystem with the Decentralized Identity Foundation.

Start coding

Check out our initial APIs and developer documentation to see how it all works.

Own your identity