Anticipating fears of government and corporate surveillance, the White House emphasized that solutions would be fielded theoretically by many different private companies and their management decentralized.
"Since consumers will be able to choose among a diverse market of different providers of credentials, there will be no single, centralized database of information," the press release states.
The identity credentials' privacy-enhancing technologies would also make it harder for service providers to link and create a profile of online user, according to the administration.
"By default, only the minimum necessary information will be shared in a transaction," the strategy explains. "[T]he Identity Ecosystem will allow a consumer to provide her age during a transaction without also providing her birth date, name, address, or other identifying data."
Finally, the strategy emphasizes that the program would be voluntary.
""[T]he Strategy does not advocate for the establishment of a national identification card or system Nor does the Strategy seek to circumscribe the ability of individuals to communicate anonymously or pseudonymously, which is vital to protect free speech and freedom of association," the document states. "Instead, the Strategy seeks to provide to individuals and organizations the option of interoperable and higher-assurance credentials to supplement existing options, like anonymity or pseudonymity."
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