Obama administration pushing development of Internet ID

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A number of readers sent e-mails about a new initiative by the White House on the Internet, but it may be less than imagined in terms of government control.  Both CBS and Fox report on the Commerce Department’s new Internet ID program that will allow users to create a “trusted identity” to avoid the dozens of logins and passwords that users need to maintain.  The adoption of an ID would be strictly voluntary and handled by the private sector:

The Obama administration is currently drafting what it’s calling the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, which Locke said will be released by the president in the next few months. (An early version was publicly released last summer.)

“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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