Web Authentication Working Group

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Web Authentication Working Group
AbbreviationWebAuthn WG
FormationFebruary 17, 2016; 8 years ago (2016-02-17)
Legal statusWorking group
PurposePublic-key cryptography APIs for the web
  • John Fontana
  • Anthony Nadalin[1]
Parent organization
WebsiteOfficial website

The Web Authentication Working Group, created by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) on February 17, 2016, has for mission, in the Security Activity, to define a client-side API providing strong authentication functionality to Web Applications.[1]

On 20 March 2018, the WebAuthn standard was published as a W3C Candidate Recommendation.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Web Authentication Working Group Charter". W3C. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  2. ^ "Web Authentication: An API for accessing Public Key Credentials - Level 2". www.w3.org. Retrieved April 12, 2018.