President Obama has called for an Internet ID for all Americans. This new plan is an effort to offer more cybersecurity for people in the U.S. As part of ObamaÂ’s new plan, the U.S. Commerce Department will have authority over the security of cyberspace.
This would be a great way to centralize Internet security. Plus, every American having an official Internet ID would likely help cut down on some of the fraud. Because the President has chosen the U.S. Commerce Department, many privacy and civil liberties groups will be happy because the system wonÂ’t be overseen by police or intelligence agencies. The name of the new plan is the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace.
U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said, "We are not talking about a national ID card. 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."
How amazing would it be to have one password and user ID for everything you do online? It would be incredibly helpful because remembering the dozens of different ones you have for everything you do online gets to be a giant hassle sometimes. In fact, people have to keep them organized somewhere, and occasionally that organization system can be stolen, which can be a huge disaster.
The other good thing about the proposed Internet ID for Americans is that it is something people can opt in to or opt out of Â– basically it will not be a requirement, so people will be able to remain anonymous or write under a pseudonym.Â What do you think about this idea? Would you participate in such a program?
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