In order to protect US nationals online identity and to prevent memorizing many passwords, US Govt had initiated a plan to issue American computer users with an internet identity and for this, Obama has put the US Commerce Department in charge of the cybersecurity initiative.
For this, the US administration is drafting a paper called the National Strategy for Trusted Identities.
But this will be not an national identity card,says Commerce Secretary Gary Locke at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.
"We are not talking about a government-controlled system. What we are talking about is enhancing online security and privacy and reducing and perhaps even eliminating the need to memorise a dozen passwords, through creation and use of more trusted digital identities," he added.
Possible methods of creating a "trusted identity" could include issuing a "smart card" or digital certificates that would prove that online users are who they say they are. They could then be used to buy goods and carry out financial transactions on the internet, the report said.
- IANS Inputs