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7 July, 2005

PIN to burst government bubble

NØ2IDAnother odd, contrived government proposal mentioned in the same, rather wide-ranging El Reg article is to 'enable' people to access their medical records online, using their ID cards.  Biometrics via a domestic PC and web connection would be clever, or perhaps it just involves a PIN, the very level of security the biometric card was supposed to supercede.

If that's the intended route, why not give everyone a NHS PIN, entirely independent of the National Identity Register? Going through the NIR doesn't seem to add anything to this specific type of transaction, other than manufacture an excuse to have a NIR.

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