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Subject: RE: [saml-dev] Confusion regarding AuthnContext

>> What about government applications? Any idea whether they allow it to 
>> be configurable.

We (NZ govt IdP) require SP's to provide AC so we know what kind of AuthN to perform.  Whether or not that's a run-time decision is up to them.

> I don't think there's much practice in the govt space yet but the general
> idea there is to use the AC to carry LOA identifiers, not things like
> technologies.
> -- Scott

In general that's true about LoA, but we alternately allow SP's to specify the AuthN technology if they choose, as it potentially has a bearing on their costs.

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