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National Strategy for Identity Ecosystem

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

June 29, 2010

The Obama administration has outlined its plan for a system of trusted digital identities that aims to improve the security of online transactions. The strategy lays the groundwork for a national federated identity infrastructure that could ultimately eliminate the need for the username-and-password model, reports Dark Reading. "Through the strategy, we seek to enable a future where individuals can voluntarily choose to obtain a secure, interoperable and privacy-enhancing credential...from a variety of service providers--both public and private--to authenticate themselves online for different types of transactions," said Howard Schmidt, cybersecurity coordinator and special assistant to the president, in a blog post. The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace draft paper is open for public comment until July 19.
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