[ISN] Obama to hand Commerce Dept. authority over cybersecurity ID

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2011 01:36:29 -0600 (CST)

By Declan McCullagh
Privacy, Inc
CNet News
January 7, 2011

STANFORD, Calif. -- 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 

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.


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