Status, a multi-purpose communication platform that combines an open-source and secure messaging app, Web3 browser, and a decentralized crypto wallet, has announced to offer features for a pseudonymous identity for its users. Built with state-of-art technology, the Status network enables its users to enjoy a secure communication network that upholds human rights. It is designed to enable free flow and secure conversation while promoting sovereignty among individuals.
Maintaining privacy is one’s fundamental right, and as humans, we are bound to exercise that right at our discretion. Whom to reveal information and to what extent we want to reveal information about ourselves falls under the definition of “privacy.”
However, in today’s generation, where “digitization” has become the ultimate word, maintaining our ‘privacy’ has become quite a difficult task. For example, most of the communication mediums or social media platforms are collecting heaps of information about the users whenever they log in to these platforms; privacy is compromised then and there.
Therefore, its high time that a communication tool is developed that will preserve the privacy of the users or at least give them the liberty to reveal their information only in certain circumstances when it is of utmost use. To overcome these limitations, the Status network is created to offer its users an open-source communication platform with end-to-end encryption to protect their messages from third party control.
The Status network is working towards providing pseudonymous identity features to its users who are considered the most important requirement for a truly open society. Compared to other modes of identity checks like providing real identity or going entirely anonymous, pseudonymous identity is safe both from the perspectives of the platform administrators and for the end-users.
Anonymous identities cannot be linked to real identities and also cannot be proved to establish the ‘right to access.’ Polling booths use anonymous identities, but they cannot work for communication platforms. On the other hand, communication mediums look for real identities of the users where they need to provide their real government-issued certificates like passports, driving licenses, etc., thereby compromising their privacy.
Pseudonymous identity, on the contrary, is linkable to real identities and can be used to establish the ‘right to access,’ and therefore is the most appropriate for modern-day communication tools, where the users want both security and non-interference of third parties.
Status is designed to be a pseudo-anonymous platform, where the users are not asked to provide their real information like email ids, phone numbers, bank account numbers, etc. As soon as a user creates an account, keys are automatically generated with a random 3-word name, which effectively becomes the pseudonymous identity of the users on the platform.
Therefore, a pseudonymous identity is an automatically generated identity that is assigned to a user at a particular point in time. Pseudonymous identities, though they cannot be directly linked to a person’s real identity, they can be used to establish a right to access, and also to prove ownership. A single person can use multiple pseudo identities across various communication channels.