Obama Wants Internet ID
January 13, 2012 by Sam Rolley
The Administration of Barack Obama is planning yet another assault on the Internet privacy rights of all American citizens, some critics say.
The Administration is currently drafting a plan that will hand over to the Commerce Department the authority to implement an “identity ecosystem” for the Internet with the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace to be released in coming months.
According to CNET, details about the Obama Administration’s actual plans for the online identification program are extremely scarce.
“We are not talking about a national ID card,” U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said at a Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research 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.”
Opponents of the plan, many of whom fear this is another step toward complete Internet regulation, reportedly say that if a trusted Internet ID system is to be created, it must be done by the private sector.