August 7, 2010

Google CEO says no anonymity on future Internet

Google CEO Eric Schmidt stated in a talk at the Techonomy conference in Lake Tahoe that 'true transparency and no anonymity' are required to combat identity theft. He said the increase of information generated every day has helped social interaction but created a condition that helps identity theft thieves. He said there needs to be a verified way to identify people and that Governments will demand it.

My concern would be the procedures and policies surrounding the protection and use of this identity information. The information will need to be protected and how it will be accessed will be critical to whether the system is successful. If run poorly it could actually increase identity theft cases.

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