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1. WO2012040869 - RÉCUPÉRATION DE COMPTE UTILISATEUR

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CLAIMS:

1. A method comprising:

receiving, at a service provider, an account recovery request ;

sending a request for a first account recovery token to an identity management system;

receiving the first account recovery token from said identity management system;

comparing the received first account recovery token with one or more second account recovery tokens to which the service provider has access; and

in the event that one of said one or more second account recovery tokens matches said first account recovery token, recovering a user account associated with said one of said one or more second account recovery tokens.

2. A method as claimed in claim 1, wherein recovering the user account comprises prompting the user to reset a credential for the user account.

3. A method as claimed in claim 1 or claim 2, wherein re-covering the user account comprises informing the user of at least some credentials for the user account.

4. A method as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 3, further comprising prompting the user to identify the identity management system.

5. A method as claimed in any preceding claim, wherein the account recovery request is initiated by a user.

6. A method as claimed in claim 5, wherein the request a first account recovery token identifies the said user.

7. A method as claimed in claim 5 or claim 6, wherein the request for a first account recovery token is sent to the identity management system via the user.

8. A method comprising:

receiving, at an identity management system, a request for a first account recovery token associated with a user;

authenticating the user;

retrieving the first account recovery token based on the identity of the user and based on the identity of a service provider requesting said first account recovery token; and

sending the retrieved first account recovery token in response to said request.

9. A method as claimed in claim 8, wherein the request for a first account recovery token identifies said user.

10. A method as claimed in claim 8 or claim 9, wherein the request for a first account recovery token is sent from a service provider to the identity management system via the user using redirection.

11. A method as claimed in any preceding claim, wherein the first account recovery token is created as part of an account setup procedure.

12. An apparatus comprising:

a first input configured to receive an account recovery request;

a first output configured to send a request for a first account recovery token to an identity management system; a second input configured to receive the first account recovery token from said identity management system;

a first processor configured to compare the first account recovery token with one or more second account recovery tokens to which the service provider has access; and

a second processor configured, in the event that one of said one or more second account recovery tokens matches said first account recovery token, to recover a user account associated with said one of said one or more second account recovery tokens.

13. An apparatus comprising:

a first input configured to receive a request for a first account recovery token associated with a user;

a first processor configured to authenticate said user; a second processor configured to retrieve the first account recovery token based on the identity of the user and based on the identity of a service provider requesting said first account recovery token; and

a first output configured to send said retrieved first account recovery token in response to said request.

14. A computer program product comprising:

means for receiving, at a service provider, an account recovery request;

means for sending a request for a first account recovery token to an identity management system;

means for receiving the first account recovery token from said identity management system;

means for comparing the received first account recovery token with one or more second account recovery tokens to which the service provider has access; and

means for recovering, in the event that one of said one or more second account recovery tokens matches said first ac- count recovery token, a user account associated with said one of said one or more second account recovery tokens .

15. A computer program product comprising:

means for receiving, at an identity management system, a request for a first account recovery token associated with a user;

means for authenticating a user;

means for retrieving the first account recovery token based on the identity of the user and based on the identity of a service provider requesting said first account recovery token; and

means for sending said retrieved first account recovery token in response to said request.