Obama pushing Internet IDs for American Citizens

by Bradley Wint on January 10th 2011 at 9:42AM

The White House has stated that US President Barack Obama is pushing towards getting Internet IDs for all its American citizens.

He plans to give power to the United States Commerce Department to handle the issue of these IDs, all for the sake of cyber security. U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke stated that these online IDs should make easier for American citizens to carry out electronic and online transactions without having to remember a ton of passwords or ID information such as their social security number and so forth.

The new system is currently being drafted under the title of “National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace” and will be passed on to the Commerce Department in a few months time for implementation. The great thing about this is that local police forces and security firms won’t be burdened with the task, which brings a sigh of relief to those parties.

To counter security concerns, they have mentioned that no centralized database will be used and that they will have a “private sector lead the implementation of this.” White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt also mentioned that “anonymity and pseudonymity” will be possible over the Internet…because we know the Internet is very safe right?

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