View Draft Strategy Here... "Identity Ecosystem" starts on pg. 12
BTC - It's called National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace or NSTIC. It is a policy "blueprint" for the incorporation of a national online identity number. NSTIC will be available for public evaluation Friday via WhiteHouse.gov. Public comments concerning the new centralized identity number will be taken for 3 weeks. Interaction is expected to take place online using Open Government crowdsourcing tools from IdeaScale.
According to Electronic Frontier Foundation identity counsel, Lee Tien, concerning the number, "[It's] very much an issue in the US as part of the Cyber Security effort."
White House considerations of a comprehensive identity number system for internet users became more transparent in public discussions over Cyber Security with Civil Liberty and National Security staffer, Tim Edgar last week in San Jose, Calif during the CFP 2010 conference.
International concerns over right of dissent and current uses of a nationalized internet identity number were raised by the British Columbia Freedom of Information and Privacy Association and UK identity and privacy advocates, NO2ID. Amid concerns were that integrating every users online data into one hub could destroy a persons identity if it were hacked, stolen or compromised in a way where identity was mistaken or misappropriated. It was also communicated that a priority of newly elected coalition government was to repeal all current motions towards centralizing identity data and consolidating public records of the individual into one card.
The United Kingdom is not the only country in the world which could mandate an online identity number registry. Egypt is working to try a nationalized online payment system which requires a national identity number.