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Nobody has a clue what a client means when either side in a transaction can be called the client.

  1. The role of any provider that requires getting authentication from a separate Identifier or Attribute Provider Role.
  2. The role of a user that seeks to use resources on an internet based server.


  • The term Client has multiple meanings though-out computer science. Typically it is used in the context of client-server computing.
  • OAuth 2.0 really messed with people's minds by calling a Relying Party a client of a user when the user grants it access to user-controlled resources.


Don't use the term Client unless you are a lawyer.