White House possibly creating a national online ID registry under via the 'Identity Ecosystem'

05/06/2014 - 00:00

The US government is reportedly considering a so-called “Identity Ecosystem” that, while promising to save time and money, has already riled privacy advocates worried about the government having too much biometric information at its disposal.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology awarded $2.4 million in grants to two states ($1.3 million to Michigan and $1.1 to Pennsylvania) to help them launch pilot programs aimed at testing “new online technologies to improve access to government services and the delivery of federal assistance programs to reduce fraud.”