A Verida account can connect to multiple applications. These connections are called application
context has a unique name (ie:
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- Database storage
- Block storage
contexts are accessed by applications via the Client SDK.
Application contexts are siloed from each other. A Verida account connected to one application context has no access to data in a different application context. This ensures a web application can only access data for it’s own application and not be provided with an account’s private key.
context is “unlocked” by a Verida account signing a consent message. The signature is unique for a given
context name. The signature is used as entropy to create a deterministic set of encryption keys:
- Symmetric encryption key — for encrypting private data
- Asymmetric encryption key — for encrypting data for other users and applications
- Signing key — for signing data
context encryption keys can only be generated from the consent signature generated by the account when logging into an application. The signature is used as a seed to create a Hierarchical Deterministic Wallet, which in turn, is used to generate multiple child keys.
When a new application
context is created, metadata about the account and the
context is published to the account’s DID document on the
Verida DID server. This information includes:
- The (asymmetric and signing) public keys
- Database endpoint
- Messaging endpoint
- Block storage endpoint
- Notification endpoint
This allows other users and applications in the Verida network to discover information per context:
- The endpoint used to communicate with an account
- Encrypt data for an account using it’s public asymmetric key
- Verify data signed by an account using it’s public signing key
Through this approach, user’s have complete control over where their personal data is stored.