The White House just approved a plan for a voluntary Internet cyber-identity system. Consumers would be able to use one number for all their digital transactions.

The problem is, this sounds like the Social Security number, and it is somewhat scary. If people do not trust their passwords online, why would they trust the government with one password that would identify all transactions? The new password is supposed to boost privacy and security online.

Does the idea of a number generator like NSTIC gives one a chill? It sounds like a nice idea, but it also sounds like George Orwell's 1984 on steroids. Sure, people would like a secure system to help prevent identity theft, but do they want the White House handling their password when they cannot pass a budget and keep their own house in order?...