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President Obama is putting plans in motion to give the Commerce Department authority to create an Internet ID for all Americans, a White House official told CNET.com.

White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt told the website it is “the absolute perfect spot in the U.S. government” to centralize efforts toward creating an “identity ecosystem” for the Internet.

The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace is currently being drafted by the Obama administration and will be released by the president in a few months.

We are not talking about a national ID card. 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 memorize a dozen passwords, through creation and use of more trusted digital identities,” Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said at an event Friday at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, according to CNET.com.

Locke added that the Commerce Department will be setting up a national program office to work on this project

25 Comments!

  1. apotheosis
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 1:10 pm |

    Good luck with that.

  2. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 1:25 pm |

    Get the fuck back to us when you have nationally IDed ALL newspaper & magazine subscriptions, Heinrich, Ja?

  3. Henry Bowman
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 1:36 pm |

    Where is the constitutional authority? Where is the PRESSING NEED? How will you make foreign spammers and criminals comply?

    This is a stupid idea. If this is REALLY needed by anybody EXCEPT government control freaks, the private sector will develop it.

  4. Posted January 11, 2012 at 1:39 pm |

    So the Bamster is going to enhance our Internet security by making sure we stoopid citizens don’t use multiple passwords to protect our data?

    And by the way, why the hell isn’t the Commerce Department working on commerce instead of domestic surveillance?!

  5. geezerette
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 1:47 pm |

    Hey–donchaknow– it’s for the good of all Americans–

  6. InterWeb Golem
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 1:49 pm |

    This is extremely disturbing. Be afraid. Be very afraid…

  7. Caged Insanity
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 1:56 pm |

    This is not about privacy at all. It’s about giving the government complete control over all of an individuals passwords and access information.

    Simply put, you piss off the government, and they make it impossible for you to interact with the internet, regardless of where you are.

  8. Merovign
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 2:15 pm |

    It’s not “national ID,” it’s just ID… that’s national.

    Power and control, power and control. As much as people like “Anonymous” have both abused and cheapened the idea, anonymity is a form of freedom.

  9. Paladin
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 2:47 pm |

    The goberment can’t even successfully run a cafeteria with a captive audience.

    How in the hell is it going to implement this?

  10. mojo
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 3:04 pm |

    Pool on how long for some wise-acre to break into it? Or would that be monstrously cynical?

  11. Posted January 11, 2012 at 3:42 pm |

    Just so long as I don’t have to use my ID to vote for the people who impose internet ID rules…

  12. Paul
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 5:24 pm |

    Say, since I work in I.T., they can give me a lead job with half million dollar salary and perks to dream up this BS that we all know will fail.

    I know of several government IT project, including the FBI, that spent millions and their projects flopped. We are talking 200 million dollar flops.

    I’ve never been a bureaucrat but, hey, there is always a first time! Let me have my time at the feed trough!

  13. Melissa In Texas
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 5:54 pm |

    So we can ID everyone on line, but cannot identify the illegals?

  14. Steve In Tulsa
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 6:41 pm |

    gee, I personally cannot wait until our insect overlords can abrogate any sense of independence or freedom.

  15. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 6:46 pm |

    $15,000,000,000,000 in debt and Big Gov creates another department to spend money they don’t have.
    Fucking brilliant.
    The black widow bastard spins another thread into his web of control.
    We better get to 20 Jan 2012 pretty damn quick, or we’ll need a modern Alexander to cut the Obambian knot..

  16. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 6:48 pm |

    ^I’m actually in no hurry to get to next week. Make that 20 Jan 2013.

  17. John A
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 7:41 pm |

    So, the government is going to set up something to do something so that private companies can supply an ID of some sort useable for on-line transactions.

    Which a number of companies are doing already, others are developing, all are improving – ah, but no doubt a government agency/czar can “help,” right Comrade? And of course, the gov will not promulgate regulations, fees, fines…

    And ever so secure, have a “smart” card or itty-bitty piece of plug-in hardware that “proves” who you are. Much harder to steal than the “name[s]” and password[s] from your mind. And you will of course have to buy at least one, if not several, to replace the one[s] you have thought up and applied for free.

    Yes, I can see uses for such things: but no, I do not want government overseers.

  18. DougM (jackassophobe)
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 8:08 pm |

    … with no risk of massive identity theft, whatsoever.

  19. Fat Baxter
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 9:31 pm |

    the Commerce Department will be setting up a national program office to work on this project…”

    This is how government expands. It assumes new missions — for our own good.

    Tell you what: I’ll meet them halfway. I’ll buy into this ID thingy, if one of the qualifications for obtaining one is a US birth certificate.

    We’ll finally start to identify all those illegal immigrants.

  20. Claire: barbarian, etc
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 10:33 pm |

    When the Five Sided Puzzle Palace can secure is capable of securing it’s networks, get back to me, eh Pal?

  21. Posted January 11, 2012 at 10:35 pm |

    Y’all please pardon me for bein’ a pore dumb redneck but if requiring ID to vote is raaaaacist, isn’t this even more of a disempowerment for minority citizens?

  22. Curtis
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 11:23 pm |

    You, an american citizen need now some sort of government ID for to order to access the innertubes but that same party deems such things as utterly racist at polling places..I’m lost.

  23. Lucius Severus Pertinax
    Posted January 12, 2012 at 1:05 am |

    my prescription for those that came up with this idea:

    Permanent exile from the United States, life imprisonment if they resist or come back.

  24. geezerette
    Posted January 12, 2012 at 8:31 am |

    Did you know—- your insurance premium will go up to fund a study of what medications you are prescribed to determine which medication works better for you and the cost of that medication as apposed to another more or less costly? For our own good of course.— YUP– Think about that—-

  25. Ironic in Denver
    Posted January 12, 2012 at 10:19 pm |

    Some people here are confused: all hispanic (and Moslem) people will be exempted from this ID system because requiring them to have IDs is racist.

    What? You never heard of exemptions? Sure you have: let’s talk about Obamacare.