On September 2, 2011, Dave Keams wrote for Network World that the United States could learn a great deal from Canada's identity management initiative. Mr. Keams argues that the Canadian initiative is smaller and more focused than the U.S. NSTIC initiative because it concentrates on government and citizen interactions. The US and Canadian ideas are generally the same, but differ in scale.
The Canadian Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat recently released the final version of a document called "Federating Identity Management in the Government of Canada: A Backgrounder." It notes, "How identity information is collected, used, managed, and secured is of critical interest to leaders in the public sector charged with protecting the rights of citizens, ensuring privacy, and ensuring national security and public safety."
The study also sets out what it calls "Guiding principles for federating identity management":
• Achieve consensus through accepted, mutually respected assurances (of credential or identity), risk levels, and accountabilities.
• Respect program accountability.
• Let the citizen decide.
• Enable interoperability.
• Promote a fair and competitive marketplace.
Mr. Keams argues that NSTIC should abide by these principles.
The Network World article can be found here.