Tuesday, January 10, 2006

ID cards win "loser" award

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers has awarded the UK government's proposed ID card scheme a "Loser" award in their 2006 competition:

Critics say the government adopted an identity management architecture that was actually developed for corporate environments. They say the proposed system may work for a company but it will not work for a society. "Many experts are astonished that the government is pushing this corporate architecture as the solution for government-to-citizen interactions," says cryptography and privacy expert Stefan Brands, a professor at McGill University, in Montreal

Let's hope the House of Lords is listening; the report stage for the bill begins next Monday.

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