Washington -- The Center for Democracy & Technology issued the following statement on today's release by the Administration of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC):
“NSTIC puts forth a vision where individuals can choose to use a smaller number of secure, privacy-preserving online identities, rather than handing over a new set of personal information each time they sign up for a service," said CDT President Leslie Harris. "There are two key points about this Strategy: First, this is NOT a government-mandated, national ID program; in fact, it's not an identity 'program' at all," Harris said. "Second, this is a call by the Administration to the private sector to step up, take leadership of this effort and provide the innovation to implement a privacy-enhancing, trusted system."
"Every new online service wants you to create yet another account. Most of us have no clue how our information is being used or with whom it's going to be shared," said CDT Plesser Fellow Aaron Brauer-Rieke. "We deserve better control over our identity and more confidence in our transactions online."