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Schmidt Discusses Trusted Identity Program

DATA PROTECTION—U.S.

February 3, 2011

The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace is due to be released in the next few months. In a Q&A with MSNBC, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt discusses the plan, which is aimed at fostering safer online transactions between businesses and consumers. Schmidt says the plan looks to the private sector to build a system allowing for multiple online identities and one-time passwords and pins, for example, reducing the risk of identity theft by eliminating central passwords and Social Security numbers as identifiers. The plan aims to allow consumers choice in purging their PII from companies' databases. "We have the opportunity now to build for the future when it comes to the way we operate from anonymity to full-trusted abilities online," Schmidt says.
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