# Acct (protocol)

The acct URI scheme is a proposed internet standard published by the Internet Engineering Task Force, defined by RFC 7565. The purpose of the scheme is to identify, rather than interact, with user accounts hosted by a service provider.[1] This scheme differs from the DNS name which specifies the service provider.[2] The acct URI was intended to be the single URI scheme that would return information about a person (or possibly a thing) that holds an account at a given domain.[3]

## References

1. "Making the Case for a New 'acct' URI Scheme". Retrieved 12 October 2014.
2. Saint-Andre, Peter (May 2015), The 'acct' URI Scheme, IETF, doi:10.17487/RFC7565, RFC 7565, retrieved 2016-10-23
3. "May 2012 W3 List Archive". Retrieved 12 October 2014.