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Obama Admin. Gives Commerce Dept. Power to Create Internet ID for All Americans

Internet ID

So it’s “racist” to require ID for voting, but it’s OK to invade Americans’ privacy by tagging them with an ID that tracks their online activity?

Declan McCullagh reports at CNet:

President Obama is planning to hand the U.S. Commerce Department authority over a forthcoming cybersecurity effort to create an Internet ID for Americans, a White House official said here today.

It’s “the absolute perfect spot in the U.S. government” to centralize efforts toward creating an “identity ecosystem” for the Internet, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt said.

That news, first reported by CNET, effectively pushes the department to the forefront of the issue, beating out other potential candidates, including the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. The move also is likely to please privacy and civil-liberties groups that have raised concerns in the past over the dual roles of police and intelligence agencies.

The announcement came at an event today at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, where U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Schmidt spoke.

The Obama administration is currently drafting what it’s calling the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, which Locke said will be released by the president in the next few months. (An early version was publicly released last summer.)

“We are not talking about a national ID card,” Locke said at the Stanford event. “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.”

The Commerce Department will be setting up a national program office to work on this project, Locke said.

Details about the “trusted identity” project are remarkably scarce. Last year’s announcement referenced a possible forthcoming smart card or digital certificate that would prove that online users are who they say they are. These digital IDs would be offered to consumers by online vendors for financial transactions.

Schmidt stressed today that anonymity and pseudonymity will remain possible on the Internet. “I don’t have to get a credential, if I don’t want to,” he said. There’s no chance that “a centralized database will emerge,” and “we need the private sector to lead the implementation of this,” he said.

Jim Dempsey of the Center for Democracy and Technology, who spoke later at the event, said any Internet ID must be created by the private sector–and also voluntary and competitive.

“The government cannot create that identity infrastructure,” Dempsey said. “If it tried to, it wouldn’t be trusted.”

Read more at CNet

“No chance” that “a centralized database will emerge?”

Yeah, well, Obama said we could keep our doctor with Obamacare, too, and we all know how THAT worked out.

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Obama To Give Commerce Dept. Authority to Create Internet ID for All Americans

Don’t worry, Big Brother is here to take care of your internet privacy.  It’s not like they have a record of letting national security secrets leak out or anything. 

Obama to hand Commerce Dept. authority over cybersecurity ID
by Declan McCullagh

President Obama is planning to hand the U.S. Commerce Department authority over a forthcoming cybersecurity effort to create an Internet ID for Americans, a White House official said here today.

It’s “the absolute perfect spot in the U.S. government” to centralize efforts toward creating an “identity ecosystem” for the Internet, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt said.

That news, first reported by CNET, effectively pushes the department to the forefront of the issue, beating out other potential candidates, including the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. The move also is likely to please privacy and civil-liberties groups that have raised concerns in the past over the dual roles of police and intelligence agencies.

The announcement came at an event today at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, where U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Schmidt spoke.

The Obama administration is currently drafting what it’s calling the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, which Locke said will be released by the president in the next few months. (An early version was publicly released last summer.)

“We are not talking about a national ID card,” Locke said at the Stanford event. “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.”

The Commerce Department will be setting up a national program office to work on this project, Locke said.

Details about the “trusted identity” project are remarkably scarce. Last year’s announcement referenced a possible forthcoming smart card or digital certificate that would prove that online users are who they say they are. These digital IDs would be offered to consumers by online vendors for financial transactions.

Schmidt stressed today that anonymity and pseudonymity will remain possible on the Internet. “I don’t have to get a credential, if I don’t want to,” he said. There’s no chance that “a centralized database will emerge,” and “we need the private sector to lead the implementation of this,” he said.

Jim Dempsey of the Center for Democracy and Technology, who spoke later at the event, said any Internet ID must be created by the private sector–and also voluntary and competitive.

“The government cannot create that identity infrastructure,” Dempsey said. “If it tried to, it wouldn’t be trusted.”

Inter-agency rivalries to claim authority over cybersecurity have existed ever since many responsibilities were centralized in the Department of Homeland Security as part of its creation nine years ago. Three years ago, proposals were circulating in Washington to transfer authority to the secretive NSA, which is part of the U.S. Defense Department.

Read more at CNET

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US Cybersecurity Czar wants online “identity cards”

Another Big Government “fix” for a problem that isn’t.   The motto with this administration seems to be, “if it ain’t broke, fix it until it is!”   Want to hazard a guess how long it’ll be “voluntary”?

From TG Daily:

US Cybersecurity Czar Howard Schmidt has proposed the creation of an online “identity ecosystem” to secure financial transactions in cyberspace.


The ecosystem – which was outlined in the Obama administration’s (draft) National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) – also envisions the “voluntary” use of smart identity cards for authentication purposes.

“[The] Identity Ecosystem [would allow] individuals and organizations to complete online transactions with confidence, trusting the identities of each other and the identities of the infrastructure that the transaction runs on,” Schmidt explained in an official blog post.

“No longer [will] individuals have to remember an ever-expanding and potentially insecure list of usernames and passwords to login into various online services.”

According to Schmidt, the identity ecosystem would “enable a future” where individuals “voluntarily” choose to obtain a secure, interoperable, and privacy-enhancing credential (e.g., a smart identity card, a digital certificate on their cell phone, etc) to authenticate themselves for various types of online transactions.

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ID Card for Workers Is at Center of Immigration Plan

Lawmakers working to craft a new comprehensive immigration bill have settled on a way to prevent employers from hiring illegal immigrants: a national biometric identification card all American workers would eventually be required to obtain.

Under the potentially controversial plan still taking shape in the Senate, all legal U.S. workers, including citizens and immigrants, would be issued an ID card with embedded information, such as fingerprints, to tie the card to the worker.

The ID card plan is one of several steps advocates of an immigration overhaul are taking to address concerns that have defeated similar bills in the past.

Read more at the Wall Street Journal

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Oklahoma Sovereignty: The Driver License Protection Act

The Oklahoma Sovereignty Driver License Protection Act, introduced by State Rep. Mike Ritze, and seeks to protect the people’s right to privacy in the face of a de-facto national ID card still on the books in Washington D.C.

If passed, the act would prohibit, among other things:

  • the Department of Public Safety from retaining certain information
  • the collection, retention or disclosure of Social Security numbers
  • the use of radio frequency identification technology

It would also require “any state agency or department charged with motor vehicle registration or operation” to:

  • Cease all biometric comparisons and cease collection of any biometric data, biometric sample or biometric template;
  • Render inoperable any computer software capable of such comparisons;
  • Disconnect, from any computer system, all hardware used specifically for collecting finger images

“Privacy is essential to our Freedom and I feel HB2923 addresses the essence of what many serving our country have died for,” said Ritze. “As a Veteran I cherish Liberty over tyranny and it must be protected from an all encompassing federal government that does not live in the boundaries of our Constitutional Republic.”

In 2005, the Bush Administration and the Republican-dominated Congress passed the Real ID act, which many civil-rights advocates said was a clear violation of privacy.  In response, more than 20 states passed resolutions or binding legislation refusing to comply with the law.  And, as a result, both the Bush and the Obama administrations have been unable to implement it.

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Rumor Mill: Coverage under Obamacare will require an implantable microchip?

Lately this story has been passed around quite a bit, so I thought it was time to set the record straight before too many people find themselves with egg on their face.

The rumor states that there is a provision in the House Health Care bill which will require all people enrolled in the government health plan to have a traceable microchip implanted under their skin.

Here’s where you’ll find the section in HR 3200 that started all the hoopla:

Division C – Public Health & Workforce Development
Title V – Other Provisions
Subtitle C – National Medical Device Registry

Section # 2521 (pages 1001 – 1008)

I can see how, when reading the confusing language here, some people might be think it’s actually hinting at an RFID chip.

In reality, the provision requires that all medical implanted devices have traceable identification numbers which can be tracked to the patient who received it. That way if, say, there’s a recall on a faulty pacemaker or something, they can find all the patients who received one and remove it.

This has actually been law since 1998.

So from what I can see, there is no requirement or even a suggestion of an identification chip.

Rather, it’s a requirement that any and all medical devices (silicone implants, stents, etc.) that are implanted in a patient’s body have some sort of identifier (included in the patient’s medical records) that allows manufacturers to track their success and/or failure, and recall them if necessary.

We’re already doing this (without the use of RFID chips), which is why I assume none of the conservative media outlets that are otherwise opposed to the bill are concerned about this particular section of the bill.

Now, on the one hand, we’re right to be suspicious. Given his track record so far, I wouldn’t put it past the Obama and his Marxist cronies to try something like mandating microchipping for the purpose of more “efficiency” in medical records.

But when the only sites that carry the story are conspiracy websites and blogs, and even the Conservative Media ignores it (like World Net Daily, which has covered this topic in the past), it makes me more cautious about making sure we’ve got our facts straight before crying wolf.

Hurting our credibility because we don’t take the time to do our homework isn’t going to help our cause…it’ll only give our enemies more ammunition to smear us as “fringe lunatics”.
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U.S. to Share Biometric Data With Foreign Countries

Don’t you feel more secure now, knowing that your personal information is being surrendered by your government to foreign nations, without your consent?


In the name of fighting identity fraud, the U.K. Home Office has entered into a biometric data-sharing agreement with Canada and Australia.

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Arizona to Feds: No “Enhanced” Drivers License

Last week, the governor of Arizona signed H.B. 2426, which bars the state from implementing the “enhanced” drivers license (EDL) program.

If the federal REAL ID revival bill (PASS ID) becomes law, it will give congressional approval to EDLs, which up to now have been simply a creation of the federal security and state driver licensing bureaucracies.

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Judge Napolitano’s Verdict: Continuing Path Toward National ID Card

Judge Andrew Napolitano says it’s government, not airlines, that are after our personal information at airports as the path to a national ID card continues unabated.

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