The New York Times reports on the Obama Administration's proposal to increase Web safety by introducing a voluntary "trusted identity system." The system would be the high-tech equivalent of a physical key, a fingerprint and a photo ID all rolled into one, the report states, and would see the creation of various private online identity systems allowing users to select which system to join. Some privacy advocates endorse the plan, but some have concerns. "It seems clear that such a scheme is a preemptive push toward what would eventually be a mandated Internet driver's license mentality," said Lauren Weinstein, editor of the Privacy Journal. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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