"Voluntary Trusted Identity" System Praised, Criticized

Howard Schmidt, the nation’s cyberczar, offered the Obama administration’s proposal to make the Web a safer place -- a "voluntary trusted identity" system that would be the high-tech equivalent of a physical key, a fingerprint and a photo ID card, all rolled into one. The system might use a smart identity card, or a digital credential linked to a specific computer, and would authenticate users at a range of online services.