Oracle Corp. said it has submitted its Identity Governance Framework to the Liberty Alliance to be developed into an open-source standard for protecting sensitive identity-related information as it travels across computer systems.

The framework is designed to help organizations share sensitive information with one another while helping ensure security and privacy. Oracle, of Redwood City, Calif., released a draft of the framework in November. It worked with a number of technology companies on the framework, including Hewlett-Packard Co., Novell Inc., and Sun Microsystems Inc.

The Liberty Alliance, formed in September 2001 in San Francisco, has 150 member companies, including Bank of America Corp., American Express Co., Citigroup Inc., MasterCard Inc., and Visa U.S.A. Inc. The alliance promotes the concept of "federated identity," which allows a user to access numerous computer systems without having to log on to each one separately.

Offering Oracle's technology as an open standard would help "organizations of all sizes and in every market sector to better manage and protect a wide range of private identity information," Brett McDowell, the alliance's executive director, said Wednesday in an Oracle press release. "By developing the IGF standards in Liberty Alliance, Oracle is helping to ensure the broadest possible industry support for advancing the framework quickly."

Also Wednesday, Oracle announced that its Oracle Identity Management system is now certified for use with Oracle E-Business Suite 12, as well as with several applications the company picked up through acquisitions.

The vendor said it has certified the identity management software for use with JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 8.12 and Siebel 8 applications and expects to certify it for PeopleSoft Enterprise 9 applications by June.

Oracle bought Siebel Systems Inc. in January 2006 and PeopleSoft Inc., the parent of JD Edwards, in 2004. Since those acquisitions Oracle has been working to integrate their offerings into a common technology framework.