Identity, Privacy and Trust:

Biometrics


September 23, 2013  7:45 AM

iPhone 5s – Secure in Practice?

tobystevens tobystevens Profile: tobystevens
Biometrics, identity

So the iPhone 5s, Apple's newest shiniest consumer thing, has had its new biometric security broken by no less than the famous

October 20, 2010  12:58 PM

The future of the Internet – a new dawn or a phantom menace?

tobystevens tobystevens Profile: tobystevens
Biometrics, consent, freedom, identity, privacy, regulation

So, to Lille today to attend IMRG's inaugural EbizEU conference. The theme is e-commerce strategy, with a number of speakers looking to the future of cross-border e-retail.

The keynote pitch was delivered by Nils Muller of TrendONE, a 'futurologist' who distinguished himself from others...


June 30, 2010  3:13 PM

Backfiring biometrics

tobystevens tobystevens Profile: tobystevens
Biometrics, crime, Data protection

I've written on a number of occasions about the fallibility of biometrics as a trusted means to find or identify an individual. Setting aside problems with the mathematics of...


March 22, 2010  8:15 AM

Shome mishtake shurely?

tobystevens tobystevens Profile: tobystevens
Biometrics, identity, identity cards, politics, privacy

A very unpleasant little amendment to the Licensing Act (2003) is in front of Ministers for approval as a Statutory Instrument (SI). If you're not familiar with the process, a SI is a delegated legislation made under...


February 16, 2010  12:56 PM

More silliness about body scanners

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Biometrics, privacy, Security, Surveillance, technologies

The Nudatrons* are back in the news again, as the Equality and Human Rights Commission has warned that their use in UK airports may...


October 3, 2009  1:54 PM

My eyes have expired!

tobystevens tobystevens Profile: tobystevens
Biometrics

Returning from Spain yesterday, I thought I'd jump the queue by using the IRIS biometric entry system. It's been a while since I've used it, since on recent returns to the UK, the gateway has been:

  1. broken;
  2. occupied by an American shouting at the screen wondering why she...


September 10, 2009  1:10 PM

Happy birthday, DNA fingerprinting

tobystevens tobystevens Profile: tobystevens
Biometrics, Surveillance

DNA fingerprinting is 25 years old today. Speaking to the BBC, Professor Sir Alec Jeffrey, who pioneered the technique, called for the scrapping of innocent peoples' entries on the National DNA Database:

Innocent...


August 11, 2009  7:16 PM

So much for the rule of law?

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Biometrics, Data

I was very disturbed to read the Guardian's claim that the police have been instructed by the Home Office to ignore the European Court's ruling that the UK DNA Database breaches human rights law, and instead...


July 1, 2009  10:22 AM

ID Cards: Communications Genius in Action

tobystevens tobystevens Profile: tobystevens
Biometrics, identity cards, politics

I'd like to offer my congratulations to the Communications team at the Identity and Passport Service for successfully pulling off one of the most audacious and downright clever pieces of media manipulation I've ever witnessed. If I ever find myself in charge...


May 4, 2009  1:01 PM

Identity and Privacy 2009 – what to expect

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.ico, Biometrics, Conferences, identity, privacy

Next week beings the first Identity & Privacy Forum. Our keynote speaker this year is the Information Commissioner, Richard Thomas. We also have a host of experts from the fields of privacy, identity, security...


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