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Co-operatively Building the
Internet Identity Layer

dick hardt

"My Identity 2.0 talk introduced the vision for user-centric identity in 2006. As an industry, we have had many false starts trying to realize that vision. Now, with user's familiarity with the convenience of social login, but reluctance to use Big Tech, the time is right for the industry to come together and provide a user-centric solution that is simple for developers and convenient for users."

Dick Hardt, Founder/CEO Twitter LinkedIn
User

User FAQs

  1. What is Hellō?

    Hellō is a service for registering and logging into applications that support Hellō. You get the convenience and security of social login providers, without being tracked.

  2. How does Hellō prevent me from being tracked?

    Hellō sits between the application and your chosen login provider such as Google. The application does not know which login provider you have selected, and your login provider does not know which applications you are using.

  3. Is Hellō tracking me then?

    Yes, we track where you go to inform you of who and where you have shared your information. We do NOT provide your activity to other parties. Our business model is NOT to sell your activity, or to profile you, but to verify statements (claims) about you, and charge developers when you release these verified claims to them. Hellō is free to users.

  4. What is a login provider?

    Any service or software that provides a unique identifier that you can control. Hellō currently supports popular social login providers (Apple, Facebook, Google, LINE, Microsoft, Twitch, and Yahoo!), crypto wallets supported by WalletConnect, the MetaMask browser extension, as well as sending one time codes to email or phone. You will select one login provider as your preferred provider, and that is how you will login to Hellō.

  5. What if I lose access to my preferred login provider?

    You will need to log in with at least two recovery providers to recover your Hellō Wallet and then select a new preferred provider. We encourage all users to configure at least two recovery providers. In the future you will be able to configure social recovery so that would let two or more people of your choosing to unlock your wallet.

  6. Why should I trust Hellō?

    User data and privacy are sacred to Hellō, a mission oriented, multi-stakeholder co-operative where users, corporations, and employees are members. Hellō is governed by directors elected by its members rather than shareholders wanting to maximize profits. See our guiding Tenets and how we protect your privacy by complying with the Laws of Identity for details.

  7. What is the governance of Hellō?

    User members elect three directors (1 @ 100M users, 2 @ 500M users, 3 @ 1B users), corporate members elect three directors, and employees elect one director, providing a board of directors with seven members when Hellō has been broadly adopted. See Hellō Cooperative for details.

  8. What if I don't want Hellō to have my data anymore?

    You can delete all or part of your Hellō wallet at anytime at wallet.hello.coop and selecting Edit in the top right.

User

Corporate Member FAQs

  1. Why is Hellō a cooperative?

    We think it's crucial that Hellō is mission oriented rather than profit oriented. Cooperatives are owned and controlled by their members. See Hellō Cooperative for details.

  2. Why is Hellō not a regular corporation?

    Corporations are owned and controlled by shareholders for the purpose of maximizing shareholder value.

  3. Why is Hellō not a 501c3 non-profit?

    A 501c3 non-profit lacks ownership and control by the same members who benefit from its services, an important feature to ensure Hellō stays focused on benefiting user and corporate members.

  4. Is Hellō a standards organization?

    No, Hellō is not a standards organization. If we require functionality that is not standardized, we will participate in standards organizations such as the OpenID Foundation (OIDF) or the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

  5. Who can be a member of Hellō?

    Hellō is a multi-stakeholder cooperative where users, corporations, and employees are members. Any human that signs up and uses Hellō is a user member. Any corporation with an interest in transforming personal identity can join Hellō as a corporate member. All employees are members.

  6. What is the governance of Hellō?

    User members elect three directors (1 @ 100M users, 2 @ 500M users, 3 @ 1B users), corporate members elect three directors, and employees elect one director, providing a board of directors with seven members when Hellō has been broadly adopted.

  7. Which corporations have joined Hellō?

    Three industry leaders joined as founding corporate members. We are not ready to publicly announce who they are.

  8. What types of organizations do you expect to join Hellō?

    Developer platforms, claims issuers, large users of Hellō, and other organizations that share the mission.

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