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24 November, 2007

Bringing out the big guns

After last week's massive loss of personal data, ministers were repeatedly asked whether they agreed this was the end of the ID cards scheme.
"Oh, no, that's totally different.  That uses biometrics."
As if they're foolproof, and impossible to corrupt.  The biometric details, I mean, not the ministers.  Ahem.

For some reason, I hadn't expected to be linking to Ben Goldacre commenting on ID cards, though there's no question this application of biometrics security is bad science.
Just read the article (which even cites 'Mythbusters'), especially if you believe "if-you-havenít-done-anything-illegal-you-have-nothing-to-worry-about".

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