Privacy Principles for Identity in the Digital Age
Draft for Comment - Version 1.4, December 2007
How to create and manage individual identity is becoming a central challenge of the digital age. Various identity-related initiatives are being developed and implemented in both the public and private sectors. A major goal of many of these programs is to prevent illegal activity or enhance security, whether it be the security of our national borders, airplanes, workplaces, health records, or online transactions. Identity-related technologies – such as databases, machine- readable identification cards, and online accounts – can help realize the potential of the digital age, whether by making e- commerce exchanges more seamless, tying together information on multiple devices, combating fraud, or enabling yet unimagined services. Increasingly, as individuals go about their lives online and off, they will be generating or disclosing personal information or will be asked to identify themselves in some way. Undoubtedly, the range of transactions and events that can be linked to individual identity will grow.