White House Releases Plan for Internet Identities

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The White House has published the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), which provides guidance for an Internet identity system to be designed and built by the private sector. The plan comes nearly two years after the White House first released its Cyberspace Policy Review, which set forth a national plan for Internet identities. In 2010, the White House released the draft NSTIC, and accepted public comments via an online forum. EPIC responded with comments that emphasized the need for strong privacy safeguards for Internet users. "The President endorsed 'Privacy Enhancing Technologies' for online credentials. That is historic," said EPIC Executive Director Marc Rotenberg today. "But online identity is complex problem and the risk of 'cyber-identity theft' with consolidated identity systems is very real. The US will need to do more to protect online privacy." In a press release, the White House emphasized that NSTIC should be privacy-enhancing and voluntary, interoperable, and cost-effective.

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