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Potential Online Identity System Concerns Advocates

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

January 11, 2011

International Business Times reports on concerns surrounding a proposed Department of Commerce system aimed at identifying people on the Internet. The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace intends to authenticate user identity in order to protect against identity theft and business fraud. But privacy advocates are concerned that if an identity were hacked, the hacker would have access to a wide range of the user's affiliations. Implementation will be key, advocates say, and will require more robust privacy laws than now exist.
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