The lurking danger of the DNA database and Government ID card systems.
Governments are courting disaster. At a time when we're all even more concerned about governments wasting money they are trying to sneak in the ill-conceived National ID card schemes.
Democracy is being undermined as governments try to play the terrorist fear card in an attempt to get us to accept the un-democratic identity card.
Identity is essential. It is essential to have the mechanism to prove someone is who they say they are but NOT JUST FOR 'OFFICIALS'. Governments are trying to put into place a system which instantly puts democracy in danger. The citizen will be at the mercy
of any card reader carrying impostor while the government and the 'approved' corporations get to demand everyone else flash their card at will (and criminals copy it in the streets).
No protection for my mother when the impostor policeman, government official, council employee, utility worker - comes to her door and demands to 'interrogate' her identity card. How will my mother and your mother be able to tell that the 'official looking'
person is REAL? She won't. How will you be able to tell whether that cop is really a cop? Where's the mechanism? Governments are creating a system where citizens will just be more vulnerable.
Governments are actually playing right into the hands of criminals and terrorists with these appalling schemes. Simple DNA signatures are easy to fake. What will the government's response be? More complex DNA records. Why not go the whole hog? They will.
Already there are researchers working on DNA weapons - imagine a disease which only killed Jews, or Arabs, or even a particular family group? More easily imagine a despot or even a terrorist group who target on the basis of your DNA record conveniently stored
and catalogued by the same government that loses your data, state secrets and more credibility every day? Science fiction? Hardly, it is no more difficult than using DNA to fight disease.
Give me one proof that 'super-criminals' won't be able to fabricate DNA 'evidence' to shift blame for their crimes onto others?
DNA fabrication, duplication and a host of other little tricks are already in use in labs where making up a 'copy' of someone's DNA is little more than leggo-type play.
'Smart Cards' have never been smarter than hackers. At the very least the psychological effect on the citizenry with only the 'man' being able to demand or prove your identity will probably give birth to our own crop of home-grown terrorists.
The Government has only looked at the issue from their (or certain lobbyists) perspective and totally disregarded the dangerous and negative impact that their scheme will have on those they are supposed to be serving, and protecting while ignoring that truth
that the ID card system will not make a single person safer, nor will it make government services easier or cheaper to provide.
There are no advantages at all to the citizenry in the current ID card scheme.
Identity must be democratic - that is - you must be able to use it equally.
As for the ridiculous technology chosen - the smart card - there is already plenty of information out there about its unsuitability to the task and the only smart 'card' I ever saw was a comedian, and not the idiot who came up with the ID card scheme.
I'm not against identity - I evangelise ID's essentiality - but please save democracy and save us from the Government ID-iocy Cards.
Don't let your government undermine your democracy.
***I note with some suspicion and dismay that the US isn't allowing prisoners to have their DNA tested to prove their innocence in a crime they may have already been convicted of, yet they're only to happy to collect and analyse anyone else's DNA. How does
the UK and Australia stand on that. It doesn't sound very democratic does it? Even if it only proves the innocence of one person it makes justice more just.
Tens of thousands of politicians and celebrities will be allowed to keep their names off a new Government children’s database, UK ministers said recently.
Their identities will be ’shielded’ on the list which will carry details of 11million children in England and their parents.
If it isn't 'safe' for them why is it for you?
I only 'invented' one word in that - see if you can spot it and I couldn't quite accept that the spell-checker thinks uncatalogued is the opposite of cataloged - they're both going to have to be ..gue in my town (and the British Library agrees). Remember
the WMD's? Who are you going to trust to tell you the truth?
FCC Mandated Disclaimer: I am paid by Transinteract to promote their solutions which include identity systems. I own shares in Transinteract. I do not have any investments in either comedians or 'smart' cards.
I forgot that not everyone is up to speed with whats going on in the world of ID and comedian cards so I thought I better put some links in for those...
published: 31 Jul 2009 - 07:50 am
The image of the ID card for British citizens was officially unveiled yesterday by the Home Secretary in Manchester and London.
The ID card, which can also be used as a travel document in Europe, was revealed by the Home Secretary at St Pancras International Station in London and to residents of Greater Manchester at an event in the city centre.
This was published: 10 Jul 2009 - 08:00 am
Proximity has won the contract to develop campaigns for the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) as its long-term below the line agency. Working across the agency’s entire area of work, including ID cards, passports and the General Register Office (GRO),
the contract is set to last three to four years.
ID Cards: Home Secretary promises to accelerate rollout - Wednesday, July 01, 2009
Or from the horses mouth
(UK Govt DirectGov)
For those with an interest in the world of ID and cards, card-carrying Thales has stepped up to host the DNA database which the government knows it can't secure given its record in the past, and the fact that every Tom, Dick and Harriet have been poking
their noses into the database to spy on neighbour, lovers and rock stars. Oh it'll cost £4.74 billion to do it (govt estimate so multiply by 3 and add 'special contingencies').
Stephen - What do you think the chances are of Australia is doing it by stealth?
...and to quote 'you can't stick..it in any old reader' exemplifies my point that only the elite will be able to interogate your identity card (and criminals) while you (and your mum) have to accept every Tom Dick and Harry at (plastic) face value.
Encryption - Cryptography - isn't that where you do some fancy numbers and obscure the data? It has never been cracked before. Except for instance the following examples:
The latest 2009 ipod encryption - http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/07/24/2218201
Remember GSM encryption? - what you say on your iPhone — or any GSM phone, which includes all phones on AT&T, T-Mobile, Rogers, and almost all phones internationally — can be intercepted, decrypted, and listened to if a person has several thousand dollars
worth of equipment and the motivation to do it.
Wifi encryption - remember that?...
DVD encryption remember that?
Full disk encryption - remember that? Various cracked.
Blue Ray encryption cracked - got one yet?
RSA encryption cracked - remember that?
Blackberrry encryption cracked?
Have you been in 'smart' cards long enough to have made the same claims about previous 'smart' incantations? Comedy.
Update Stephen - Tuesday October 13th ABC 7.30 Australian ID Card by stealth. The medicare card 'morphs' into an IDiot card.
Perhaps you might like to find it on the ABC site and view it.
I quote you "I have no idea what strawman ID card Dean Procter is taking aim at.."
Let's shorten it to your first four words - an apt quote for you -"I have no idea".
Perhaps get one before you set the tone of our conversation next time.