The US government is pushing ahead with plans to provide consumers with an online ID, in order to allow people to complete more functions from their own home.
Through the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, the federal government wants the private-sector development and public adoption of online user authentication systems.
This would allow citizens to perform tasks such as checking medical records and updates or completing forms with the Department of Motor Vehicles online.
Lillie Coney, the associate director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, explained to the New York Times: "Look at it this way: You can have one key that opens every lock for everything you might need online in your daily life.
"Or, would you rather have a key ring that would allow you to open some things but not others?"
Meanwhile, Democratic Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal recently introduced a bill that, if passed, will see firms facing heavy fines for data security failures.
Posted by Rachel Wheeler