At this point, with things as far gone as they are, this hardly should come as a surprise to anyone. Compared to what’s already in place, this hardly rates as sinister. They’re saying that it’s not a national ID card and it’s voluntary, etc.
So, here are some guesses as to what voluntary will mean:
Do you want to login to your bank? You’ll need your trusted credentials for that.
Online trading account? You’ll need your trusted credentials for that.
Book an airline ticket? You’ll need your trusted credentials for that.
Sign up for Internet service? You’ll need your trusted credentials for that.
It’s voluntary. Trust us.
The Obama Administration announced plans to develop an internet identity ecosystem that officials claim will reduce fraud and identity theft while streamlining online transactions.
The Obama Administration is committed to reducing Internet fraud by developing a comprehensive, national online identity strategy, United State Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said on Jan. 7. Cyber-security” and digital identity was a “national top priority” issue, said Locke.
Locke was joined by Howard Schmidt, the White House Cybersecurity coordinator, at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research at Stanford University, where they outlined the framework for an “identity ecosystem” which will allow people to complete online transactions with confidence that their personal information was safe
“We are not talking about a national ID card. We are not talking about a government-controlled system,” Locke said.
Despite the fact that over $10 trillion worth of business conducted online annually, which includes more than just e-commerce transactions, the “Internet still faces something of a trust issue,” because people are worried about what information is going out and who has access to it, said Locke.
The administration wants to “foster an identity ecosystem where individuals can use interoperable credentials to authenticate themselves online,” said Locke.
Locke emphasized the goal was to enhance online security and privacy through “trusted digital identities.” The ecosystem may even “eliminate the need to memorize a dozen passwords,” he said.
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