The U.S. government has issued a challenge to Internet entrepreneurs. It wants a way to certify an online identity, like a virtual driver’s license. Significant issues surround the government initiative, which it calls National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace. The security issues for any large collection of personal data is great. And then just how should the identities be collected and issued? Obviously, there are privacy issues compounding those security risks. ““The whole thing is fraught with the potential for doing things wrong,” says Kim Cameron, a Microsoft engineer and online-identity expert.
Businesses stand to gain from this though — more companies than just whoever helps design our future ID card. If customers feel more secure online, they’ll shop more and more widely.
Read more at The New York Times.