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Identity Management has so far been a field mainly applications and Web focused. This paper describes a novel approach to cross layer identity management that extends digital identities to the network, the Virtual IDentity (VID) Framework. The VID framework provides strong privacy to the user, while easily supporting personalization cross-service providers. While other identity management solutions are tailored to one specific application and/or protocol domain, the proposed framework extends the use of one's digital identity to all aspects of the network and services architecture. It is also the first to consider legal constrains, such as ownership of data and legal intercept issues, in such a broad scope. One major aspect reported here is the relevance for operators.
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