Many websites currently offer a 'Trusted Web I.D.' service for users in an attempt to prevent Internet crime. Internet dating sites were among the first to roll out the idea as a result of pressure from clients who desired the added security inherent in the service. However, if the Obama Administration gets its way, such Web I.D. services would be mandatory for all Internet users across the board.
According to 2 reports, one in The Digital Journal, and the other on Fox News, White House Cyber Security Advisor Howard Schmidt and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke have proposed a system of mandatory virtual Internet I.D. cards, which they call 'National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace.'
Although the proposal first surfaced in January of 2011, reports in late October and November of this year indicate that the proposal has been given new life by a fresh round of support.