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IdM Policy Audit System

The IdM Policy Audit System is a project jointly developed by the Internet Society (ISOC) and the Department of Computer Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU). The goal of the project is to provide a simple way for end users to access and track the various policies governing the use of websites they visit. This is accomplished using a suite of tools that monitor and store website usage policies as they change over time, and providing a mechanism for users to easily access this information.

System Components:

The Policy Monitor is a version of the EFF TOSBack code modified to store copies of the tracked policies in a directory structure (the Policy Library) enabling simple access to the information. ISOC developed a Policy Audit Client in the form of a Firefox plugin that displays policy information about the site a user is visiting. The plugin is a functional reference application, and the project assumes that additional Policy Audit Clients will be developed for various uses.


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The source code for components of the IdM Policy Audit System is available upon request under the Apache License 2.0. Usage of the instance of the IdM Policy Audit System being operated by ISOC and CU (including access to the Policy Library mirrors they maintain and the Policy Audit Client Plugin) is granted to end users with no warranty of its functionality or validity of the data collected or displayed.

For more information on this project, contact J. Trent Adams (