Sunday, April 17, 2011

New Internet ID plan?

At an event hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, the Obama administration today moved ahead with plans for Internet ID's.

There’s “no reliable way to verify identity online” at the moment, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said, citing the rising tide of security threats including malware and identity theft that have grown increasingly prevalent over the last few years. “Passwords just won’t cut it here" Officials said the plan would be run by private sector and would not be required of americans.

A 55-page document (PDF) was also released by the White House today adding a few more details to the proposal, which still remains mostly ambiguous among confers of privacy and civil liberties.

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