Wednesday, 12 May 2004

Biometric ID cards

I’m leaving tonight for Boston (on jetBlue Airways, ironically, but I’ve said all along that, despite my discovery that they turned over their entire reservation archives to a military contractor, they aren’t any worse than other airlines — that sort of thing is, unfortunately, common) for tomorrow’s seminar at Harvard on travel, identification, and human rights. I hope to see some of you there.

In the meantime, here are a couple of enlightening articles on the background to current biometric ID card proposals:

Everything you never wanted to know about the UK ID card
(John Lettice, The Register; long but worth reading in detail)

Case study of ICAO’s consideration of iris scanning as the biometric identifier for passports and travel documents
(Inc Magazine, May 2004; for the latest discussion of this issue by ICAO, see item 3.5 of the report on last week’s meeting of ICAO’s Technical Advisory Group on Machine Readable Travel Documents)

Link | Posted by Edward on Wednesday, 12 May 2004, 07:27 ( 7:27 AM)
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