Forget REAL ID — The Global Smart-ID is coming!
Sunday, August 11, 2013
The grand plan for Global ID is to give each person on the planet a way to identify themselves online. One ID number for each person, to signify all that they are. This is the full personal profile containing anything relevant for identification purposes. It means all our private details being managed by a corporation, in the cloud.
If you want to sign up to the online identity ecosystem, you can already do so through Google or Yahoo!, or by registering with the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG).
And if you don’t want anything to do with it, it’ll be tough, if not impossible, to get by in the future, because you’ll have to use your global ID to access all government services and healthcare services, to drive a car, and, once cash is gone, to pay for anything. Given the atmosphere of mistrust engendered by the system, and the constant fear of terrorism, over time it’s likely you’d need to ‘validate your identity’ to get insurance, to get a job, and to access buildings.
In America, the Kantara Initiative (previously the Liberty Alliance) has been working with the Obama Administration to establish this global ID management system, and will soon be rolling it out nationwide, as a way to minimise fraudulent use of electronic health records (EHRs). The system is nearly up and running (trials have already begun), meaning anyone who wants to access healthcare in the US will have to produce their smart-ID first. Most of the time you’ll be required to provide three-factor authentication, which means something you KNOW (the one and only password), something you HAVE (the smart card/phone), and something you ARE (your biometrics).