More than an year or so ago, PayPal announced its participation in Open Identity for Open Government initiative. We worked closely with Janrain in helping us standup a beta OpenID provider at PayPal-IdS.com that links with our proprietary Authentication service. At Innovate last year (in partnership with Janrain and Gigya), we showcased a few sites that were enabled to accept PayPal as an IdP. The beta OpenID provider gave us a chance to work closely with our partners and consumers and get a better understanding of requirements around setting up a commercial identity provider.
I’m happy to share that we now have an OpenID provider that’s hosted on PayPal infrastructure and completely integrated with PayPal.com. The new functionality will allow consumers to login to a PayPal approved OpenID relying party using their existing PayPal account.
Here is a list of specifications that are supported:
- OpenID 2.0
- OpenID Simple Registration
- OpenID attribute exchange
- OpenID user interface
- PAPE specification
Here is a list of standard attributes that are available for sharing
- first name
- last name
- full name
In addition, users can also share the following PayPal specific attributes
- PayerID – PayPal specific unique identifier for users
- Verified Account – Indicator if the user has a financial instrument attached to the account.
If you are a relying party and interested in accepting PayPal OpenID, you can signup at X.com.