• Minors Trust Framework



The Minors Trust Framework (MTF) is an online identity trust model, created by PRIVO under the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) Pilot Grant program, a White House initiative, offering a complete set of technical, operational, and legal policies.

The MTF is an innovative approach to fostering the adoption of online identity trust services that focuses specifically on children’s identity and parental consent within the context of complying with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and emerging international policies. Specifically, the MTF was designed keeping NSTIC’s vision in focus: allowing individuals and organizations secure, easy-to-use, and interoperable identity solutions to access online services in a manner that promotes confidence, privacy, choice, and innovation.

The MTF is mapped to the IDEF, COPPA, Student Privacy Pledge, FICAM and soon the GDPR.

The MTF is housed with the Generational Trust Alliance (GTA), a membership organization with the mission to enhance trust throughout your family’s online interactions and is published on OIXnet.

The MTF encompasses

Relying Party assessment, audit, and certification guidelines.
Identity Provider certification at multiple levels of assurance
Interoperable policies, protocols and reference implementation allowing identity verification services, attribute providers, and credentialing authorities to engage with MTF Network members
Oversight by PRIVO, one of the most trusted FTC COPPA Safe Harbors


Various parties have a foundation of Trust in other parties.
Legal agreements build a “Bridge of Trust”
Standardized technical approach for Interoperability.
e.g., SAML, OpenID, OAuth
Privacy Enhancing.
Reduce the number of times a consumer has to be authenticated Ø Only provide required information
Scalable approach to include a wide range of participants (commercial organizations, schools, not for profits, etc.).

Where can you find the MTF?

The MTF is published via the OIX Registry. To view the MTF Specifications, Assessor Qualifications and the GTA Participation Agreement, please visit:


In collaboration with the Generational Trust Alliance & PRIVO



About the Generational Trust Alliance

The Generational Trust Alliance (GTA) is a membership organization with the mission to enhance trust throughout your family’s online interactions. By educating families, businesses, policy makers and technology providers, the GTA raises awareness around today’s online environment. Through its assessment and certification program, you can rest assured that the online services you interact with are secure and privacy enhancing.




PRIVO is the first and leading global industry expert in children’s online privacy, identity and delegated consent management. As an FTC approved COPPA Safe Harbor since 2004, certifying hundreds of apps, sites and games that are top performing and well-known kid brands, PRIVO has been developing privacy solutions to empower positive, transparent and secure online relationships between companies, families and schools. PRIVO provides customers with end-to-end privacy solutions, helping businesses to either engage safely and legally with minors OR to restrict minors’ access, consistent with customer specifications or as required by law for select industries and verticals.


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