National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace

Debate continues around the White House’s National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace. The strategy calls for a unified system in which Internet users can enroll, in order to positively identify themselves to others on the Internet. While supporters of the plan say that it will simplify and secure online financial transactions, detractors caution that it will put users at higher risk since it essentially places all of the user’s security credentials in a one basket. Privacy advocates also worry that the system will allow government, law enforcement agencies, and businesses to more easily track a user’s online activities.