Thursday, April 20, 2006

ID management at your service
I spent this morning at an IAAC workshop on cross-border identity management. It was very interesting to hear from French and Austrian government representatives about their countries' e-government identity schemes. Both take data protection issues seriously (unlike the UK Identity Card and Register), assigning separate identifiers within each government agency to citizens and limiting the means by which those identifiers can be correlated. In Austria's case, correlation requires the cooperation of the data protection commission. In France, the government's system uses Liberty Alliance technology so that only users can correlate these identifiers. Both systems offer clear points at which further Privacy Enhancing Technologies could be introduced.

It's heartening to see that other governments do not think that privacy and information technology are mutually exclusive. Now we just have to convince ours of this fact.

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