A core functionality of iSHARE is managing authorizations, either on an organisational level or on a personal level. Read more on the background of iSHARE Authorisations in the iSHARE Scheme.

Within iSHARE, participants can request so-called delegation evidence from either an Entitled Party or one of the Authorization Registries. In order to receive this evidence, various rules need to be followed:

  • An organisation can only request evidence for an Authorization policy that concerns this organisation. The organisation is either the creater or issuer of the policy, or is the subject to which the policy applies.

  • The only exception to the previous rule occurs when a Service Provider needs to gather delegation evidence for a client. The Service Provider needs to pass a valid client_assertion of this client to the Entitled Party / Authorization Registry. This proves that this client is indeed at the gate of the Service Provider and it is necessary to ask about his authorizations.

  • Such a client_assertion should be passed through the previous_steps array in the delegation_mask. The delegation_mask is the body of the request to the /delegation endpoint of an Authorization Registry. The client_assertion is always necessary if a Service Provider is not listed as issuer or subject of the delegation.

  • iSHARE only specifies what the request and response data structure of delegation evidence looks like. iSHARE does not prescribe what the input and database storage for authorization looks like. The /policy endpoint of the AskMeAnything AR is not standardized in iSHARE and only an example of how authorizations can be stored at an AR.