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10 posts from October 2006

Written Parliamentary answers

By davebirch posted Oct 30 2006 at 12:35 PM

[Dave Birch]  I thought Digital ID Denizens might be interested in a couple of recent written Parliamentary answers that give more details about the UK government's planned ID card scheme.

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Microsoft and the identity metasystem

By davebirch posted Oct 28 2006 at 12:40 PM

[Caspar Bowden] I am writing to you today to bring to your attention an important new initiative from Microsoft that has the potential to greatly enhance privacy protection for individuals worldwide. We call it the Identity Metasystem.

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Counter culture

By davebirch posted Oct 25 2006 at 12:41 PM

[Dave Birch] Still at the RSA Conference Europe, I bumped into the BT guys in the hotel after breakfast and they told me that there was a news release well before I got up this morning confirming that BT has bought Counterpane.  That counts as pretty interesting.

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Federation in Nice

By davebirch posted Oct 24 2006 at 6:57 PM

[Dave Birch]  Here I am down in Nice at the RSA Conference Europe, which really is nice, since it's sunny and beautiful and the sea is blue.  John Madelin's session on federation was well-attended and interesting: John was talking about identity management (IDM) in business and teasing out the elements that are complicated (messing around with certificates) as opposed to the elements that are complex (connectivity).  His point was that the "perfect storm" of pervasive networks and ubiquitous connectivity is creating an environment where something big, something revolutionary must be coming to make a fundamental change in the way identity is managed.  I may have misunderstood, but his categories of complicated and complex seemed to overlap with the connection / disconnection model that we use in technology roadmapping.  I will definitely go back to his Identity Society wiki to ponder further.  I did agree with one of this main conclusions, though it pains me to say it: no one person knows everything about identity!

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IDM technology breakthroughs not imminent

By davebirch posted Oct 18 2006 at 7:00 PM

[Dave Birch]  When a CIO asked about the headaches associated with identity management, says " I don't see any tried technology emerging to help substantially in 12 months", is he right or not?  And are there any untried technologies out there that might make a difference?

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Is it a dream?

By davebirch posted Oct 16 2006 at 11:05 AM

[Dave Birch] Like most middle class English persons, I wake up to the sound of the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.  There is a real disadvantage to this, though, because later in the day I sometimes can't remember which of things I think I heard were real and which were the tail end of a dream.  Who can tell whether stories about robots replacing children riding camels in Dubai or police dogs being muzzled to prevent them from biting criminals are hallucinations or not?  But I just checked on the web confirmed that today really is the beginning of National Identity Fraud Prevention Week.

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Laptop losers

By davebirch posted Oct 15 2006 at 1:36 PM

[Dave Birch] Our friends at Javelin report that almost a third of U.S. consumers were victims of a data breach during a year-long study.  Less than 1% of those whose data was lost were actually victims of identity fraud.  This supports Simon Williams point.  In fact, data breaches were responsible for only 6% of all known cases of identity fraud, which raises a genuine question about the value of "disclosure legislation" that simply means expense for businesses and may not protect consumers from identity fraud at all.

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There are breaches and breaches

By davebirch posted Oct 7 2006 at 2:57 PM

[Simon Williams] Following on from the piece about Dispatches, I have some more data to add to the discussion. We (ID Analytics) have carried out a detailed analysis of security breaches in the US by comparing 500,000 consumer identities that were revealed in breaches and comparing them with the more than 500 million risk events stored in our network.

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Mentioned in Dispatches

By davebirch posted Oct 5 2006 at 9:36 PM

[Dave Birch] The Dispatches report on the UK's Channel 4 yesterday was an interesting look at identity theft.

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Hard or soft?

By davebirch posted Oct 5 2006 at 1:50 PM

[Dave Birch] I noticed an article about a large US bank planning to issue digital certificates to retail customers.  I wanted to pass on some of our experience in this area to explain why I don't think this is the best way forward for banks outside the US.

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