Fox News reported on 1/8/11 that ” Obama Administration Reportedly Plans to Create Internet ID for All Americans“. Obama wants the Commerce Department to create Internet ID for all Americans.
Without getting into the political side, there are some key concerns that arise with a government issues Internet ID card. Digital certs will be implemented, but they are difficult to manage. Their main advantage is the non-repudiation feature – ensuring that an individual actual did something and can’t deny it later. But, to get that you need a central location to first authenticate that you are who you say you are. With all the fake and stolen ID’s out there can one really be sure of an individual’s identity anymore? That then may lead to fingerprinting everyone which brings up a whole new area of privacy concerns. Then who is going to check records and issue the cards? How much will they cost, who pays for it, and will it be such that only the “wealthy” can use the internet securely? Read More→