The US Government has published plans to create digital identities for Americans.
The US Government wants to create a voluntary system that will allow Americans to access financial services online using one account. It hopes the new system will help protect against fraud and identity theft and reduce the barriers to trade that multiple accounts brings to businesses and consumers, the strategy said.
Under the new plans, users will be able to register for access to a network of government and businesses providing data and ways to pay for things online. The government has called this the Identity Ecosystem, the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) said.
As an American interested in my privacy I am totally against this. As a webmaster I am even more against it as it would be all to easy to "game" the system and make identity theft even easier, and more confusing for webmasters, too. If gamed, who carries the burden to make the webmaster whole?