Respect Trust Framework

The Respect Trust Framework,™ Version 2, was submitted to OIX by Respect Network™ on 23 June 2014. 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. The Technical and Operational Specifications specify the rules for technical interoperation, security, and privacy.
  5. 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,™ Version 1 Beta 2, submitted to OIX by Respect Network™ on 29 February 2012 (which supersedes the first Public Review Draft submitted 10 May 2011 and the Version 1 Beta submitted 15 August 2011), is the first personal trust framework designed to give individuals control over the sharing of their personal data on the Internet, mobile phone networks, social networks, and other online forums.


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 and direct 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.

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 above 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.

Beginning 23 June 2014, Version 2 of the Respect Trust Framework is in force as the governing membership contract for all members of the Respect Network. For more information about joining the Respect Network, please visit Respect Network.