"The Implications of the Introduction of Biometrics and Identity Management"

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A fine report (pdf) by Julian Ashbourn that concludes:

The current focus upon identity management and the globalisation of identity management is somewhat bizarre. It is out of all proportion to the claimed benefits and clearly politically inspired. This is somewhat distressing to see, particularly within European Union member states who, typically, one would like to think would adopt a more societally sympathetic stance. Proposals are consequently being rushed through without proper debate, without an understanding of the societal implications and without reference to an agreed longer term strategy... The problem is we have an ‘emperors new clothes’ syndrome, whereby there are few who are prepared to stand up and take an objective view of things, and even fewer who are prepared to listen. This situation must change if we are to avoid the more negative associations of identity management.

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