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ID cards

November 1, 2010  8:56 AM

Cybersecurity in Cloud Cuckoo Land

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
cybersecurity, Eurim, FIPR, ID cards, Information governance, No2ID

I spent the week-end reviewing forward political agendas, including for information and identity governance. I skipped the No2ID celebrations over the end of ID cards. That was partly because I believe in the value of locally issued residents' cards, linked to properly validated electoral...

July 5, 2010  12:16 PM

What is driving the evolution of ID policy?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
ID cards, No2ID

David Moss (No2ID) has just done an interesting posting to my entry on the Return of the Jedi. His assumption appears to be that because...

July 2, 2010  9:50 AM

The power of a good spoof: “Dear Minister, I am in the process of renewing my passport”

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
ID cards

In early 2008 I asked some-one with whom I have worked for many years, who was angry about the failure of Government to join up its data sources while pressing ahead with ID cards, to do a paper that would encapsulate his concerns.

He demurred. He had held a...

June 26, 2010  12:45 PM

The US National Identity strategy: Ask the People

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cyberspace, FIPR, ID cards

I have just received a note from FIPR on the US Department of Homeland Security consultation on a "National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace". This is a long overdue approach to the...

May 27, 2010  12:45 PM

ID Card good-bye – Welcome “Passport to Pimlico” and post code lottery?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
ID cards

The cancellation of national ID cards may, paradoxically, lead to a burgeoning of spend on public sector ID systems as the removal of uncertainty allows local councils to move forward with low cost residents' cards, as are used to improve...

May 9, 2010  9:04 PM

“Possibly the most corruptible in the whole world” – fixing the heart of UK ID

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cloud Services, DVLA, dwp, ID cards

The comments of the Commonwealth election observers on our electoral system should be juxtaposed with the Lib-Con agreement to scrap ID cards. The fiascos at undermanned polling stations led to a call from...

March 24, 2010  9:15 AM

Exiled in limbo after the chip on his ID Card/Passport failed.

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
fail, Failure, ID cards

What happens in the brave new electronic world when the chip on your access device (to cash, payment, the railway station - to the country) fails. I reproduce below an exchange over the FIPR Alert system triggered by the experience of a long-standing globe-trotter when a...

March 25, 2009  12:51 PM

The Moving Gateway: From “Entitlement” to “Identity” Cards

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
ID cards, OGC, PAYE

The Gateway Zero reviews for project 412 show a moving target. The title changes from "entitlement" to "identity" cards. The status...

June 25, 2008  8:04 AM

“Public, she speak with forked tongue” : Interpreting the Economist fieldwork on “Civil Liberties”

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
CCTV, Ecnomist, ID cards, information assurance, Information governance, Information security

This week the Economist publishes an excellent article describing the ambivalent attitude of the British Public towards Civil Liberties and the Surveillance Society. It could be, but is not, summarised as: "We want to be looked after but do not trust the systems".



March 7, 2008  5:14 PM

Crosby changes the nature of the ID debate

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
e-crime, ID cards, Jacqui Smith

No wonder there was such a massive attempt to bury or re-write the Crosby report. The release of his report on the same day that David Davis launched a stinging attack on the lack of priority being given to action on e-Crime entails a major change of rationale as well as of implementation strategy....

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