Respect Trust Framework

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Respect Trust Framework 2018-04-03T10:13:22+00:00


Respect Network Corporation
1914 East 9400 South, Suite 203
Sandy, UT 84093 United States

The Respect Network is the first global web-of-­trust network​ where all data belongs to the members, all private communications are protected by end­-to­-end encryption, and all members agree to respect each other’s privacy through a mutual trust framework. The result is a platform for new apps and services that enable people and businesses to share private messages and data like medical records, financial records, and family records with the same ease of use but much greater security and privacy than social networks.

Primary Contact:
Drummond Reed
(206) 618-8530
[email protected]

Alternate Contact:
Les Chasen
VP Engineering
(410) 336-7698
[email protected]

The Respect Trust Framework,™ Version 2.1, was submitted to OIX by Respect Network™ in February 2016. It consists of the following documents:

  1. The Respect Trust Framework Master Document specifies the Respect Principles at the center of the trust framework.
  2. The Respect Reputation System specifies the peer-to-peer reputation system for the Respect Network.
  3. The Respect Business Framework specifies the business rules for the Respect Network.
  4. Mapping of Respect Principles to Fair Information Practices Principles (FIPPs) is a mapping between the Respect Principles and FIPPs published by governing bodies around the world.

The Respect Trust Framework was first submitted to OIX by Respect Network™ on 11 May 2011. It is the first digital trust framework designed to create a mutual trust network for the safe sharing of private data between individuals and businesses online.

The Respect Trust Framework is designed to be self-reinforcing through use of a peer-to-peer reputation system called the Respect Reputation System™. The Respect Reputation System is based on peer-to-peer connections between Respect Network members and includes both positive reputation, called Vouching, and negative reputation, called Complaints.

It also provides a comparison of the five Respect Principles with Fair Information Practices Principles (FIPPs) from countries and organizations around the world, including Canada, Sweden, the European Union, and the United States.

To put the Respect Trust Framework into practice, the members of a trust network make the Respect Promise,™ “I promise to uphold the purposes, principles, and rules of the Respect Trust Framework,” a contractual commitment that establishes mutual duties and benefits among all members.

The Respect Trust Framework serves as the governing membership contract for all members of the Respect Network. For more information about the Respect Network, please visit Respect Network.

Following is the complete text of the five principles upon which the Respect Trust Framework is based:


We will respect each other’s digital boundaries

Every Member promises to respect the right of every other Member to control the Member Information they share within the network and the communications they receive within the network.


We will negotiate with each other in good faith

As part of this promise, every Member agrees that all sharing of Member Information and sending of communications will be by permission, and to be honest, direct and fair about the purpose(s) for which permission is sought.


We will protect the identity and data entrusted to us

As part of this promise, every Member agrees to provide reasonable protection for the privacy and security of Member Information shared with that Member.


We will support other Members’ freedom of movement

As part of this promise, every Member agrees that if it hosts Member Information on behalf of another Member, the right to possess, access, control, and share the hosted information, including the right to move it to another host, belongs to the hosted Member.


We will reasonably cooperate for the good of all Members

As part of this promise, every Member agrees to share the reputation metadata necessary for the health of the network, including feedback about compliance with this trust framework, and to not engage in any practices intended to game or subvert the reputation system.