Monday, June 28, 2010

White House Preparing National Online ID Plan

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    One way or another Governments around the World are pushing citizens to go along with Real ID, National ID, Biometric ID's, and the list goes on and on.
    RFID is a good tool in many ways. But, NEVER for a personal ID System.
    From Biometrics, Fingerprints, eye scans, Facial and voice recognition to RFID's Positive ID Chip implants. I can never be a good Idea whatsoever to have all of your information in any central database.
    I just pray people will wake up and fight against this junk.

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    The proposed system for authenticating people, organizations and infrastructure on the web at the transactional level will require an identity ecosystem. By Mathew J. Schwartz
    June 25, 2010 08:00 AM
    The Obama administration is set to propose a new system for authenticating people, organizations and infrastructure on the Web. The online authentication and identity management system would be targeted at the transactional level -- for example, when someone logs into their banking website or completes an online e-commerce purchase.
    Making such a system effective, however, will require creating an "identity ecosystem," backed by extensive public/private cooperation, said White House cybersecurity coordinator Howard Schmidt, delivering the opening keynote speech at the Symantec Government Symposium 2010 in Washington on Tuesday.

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    The report builds on the Obama-commissioned Cyberspace Policy Review, which analyzed the government's information and communications infrastructure defensive capabilities. One of the report's recommendations was to "build a cybersecurity-based identity management vision and strategy that addresses privacy and civil liberties interests, leveraging privacy-enhancing technologies for the nation."
    Simply issuing a Web-friendly biometric identification card to everyone in the country, of course, wouldn't necessarily make anyone or anything more secure, including online transactions

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  • White House Releases Draft Digital Identity Strategy

    Rather than mandating a national online ID, the proposed strategy urges development of secure, standard, interoperable framework for online transactions. By J. Nicholas Hoover
    June 25, 2010 03:36 PM
    The White House on Friday released a draft strategy aimed at helping increase the trustworthiness of digital identities and online transactions.
    The 39-page National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace defines and urges development of a high-level framework and eventually an interoperable "environment" for identification, authentication and authorization during the course of online transactions that the White House calls the Identity Ecosystem.

  • The strategy does not attempt to reconstitute the ghost of failed national identity card efforts nor create any new government-run database of all American citizens' identities, but, rather, appears aimed at driving the creation and use of a framework or blueprint within which online identities can be interoperable, secure and useful across the Web.

  • The strategy has several over-arching goals, including the design and implementation of the so-called Identity Ecosystem, a campaign to educate the public and improve confidence and willingness to participate in it, and long-term management of the Identity Ecosystem.

  • The strategy, sparked by the Obama administration's Cyberspace Policy Review issued last May, has thus far been developed by the White House, in concert with industry, government agencies and privacy advocates, collecting more than 4,000 comments already from those constituent groups.
    If the strategy sounds somewhat broad and vague, it's because it is. The White House notes that the global nature of the Internet forces this to be an international effort, and implies that the importance of stakeholder acceptance in such a broad effort means that any successes will come only through cooperation with both industry and the public. That almost necessitates something on a grand scale.

  • The White House expects to get the President's seal of approval on the final plan by October, which is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. In the interim, the Department of Homeland Security will be collecting public comment on and ideas for the strategy through July 19 on a crowdsourcing site powered by IdeaScale.

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