The Coming Internet National ID Card

Robert Wenzel
Economic Policy Journal

President Obama is planning to hand the U.S. Commerce Department authority over a forthcoming cybersecurity effort to create an Internet ID for Americans, a White House official said, according to CBS News TechTalk.

It’s [the Commerce Department] “the absolute perfect spot in the U.S. government” to centralize efforts toward creating an “identity ecosystem” for the Internet, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt said.

The Obama administration is currently drafting what it’s calling the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, which  U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said will be released by the president in the next few months.

CBS goes on, “We are not talking about a national ID card,” Locke said at the Stanford event. “We are not talking about a government-controlled system. What we are talking about is enhancing online security and privacy and reducing and perhaps even eliminating the need to memorize a dozen passwords, through creation and use of more trusted digital identities.”

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