Latest in Commerce department

Image credit:

Obama administration moves forward with unique internet ID for Americans, Commerce Department to head system up

Laura June Dziuban
January 9, 2011
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

President Obama has signaled that he will give the United States Commerce Department the authority over a proposed national cybersecurity measure that would involve giving each American a unique online identity. Other candidates mentioned previously to head up the new system have included the NSA and the Department of Homeland Security, but the announcement that the Commerce Department will take the job should please groups that have raised concerns over security agencies doing double duty in police and intelligence work. So anyway, what about this unique ID we'll all be getting? Well, though details are still pretty scant, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, speaking at an event at the Stanford Institute, stressed that the new system would not be akin to a national ID card, or a government controlled system, but that it would enhance security and reduce the need for people to memorize dozens of passwords online. Sorry, Locke, sounds like a national ID system to us. Anyway, the Obama administration is currently drafting what it's dubbed the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, which is expected at the Department of Commerce in a few months. We'll keep you posted if anything terrifying or cool happens.

Update: For clarity's sake, we should note that the proposed unique ID system will be opt in only, not a mandatory program for all citizens.



All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

'Sekiro' GOTY Edition trailer offers a peek at fresh challenges

'Sekiro' GOTY Edition trailer offers a peek at fresh challenges

View
Redbox's Free Live TV comes to Xbox One consoles

Redbox's Free Live TV comes to Xbox One consoles

View
What we bought: Our favorite USB-C chargers

What we bought: Our favorite USB-C chargers

View
GitHub takes down YouTube video download tools after an RIAA notice

GitHub takes down YouTube video download tools after an RIAA notice

View
YouTube mobile app now lets you search with your voice while casting

YouTube mobile app now lets you search with your voice while casting

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr