Ids-Not That Easy: Questions About Nationwide Identity by Stephen T. Kent, Lynette I. Millett

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By Stephen T. Kent, Lynette I. Millett

IDs—Not that simple highlights a number of the tough coverage, procedural, and technological concerns provided by way of national id platforms. within the wake of the occasions of September eleven, 2001, national identification platforms were proposed to higher tune the move of suspected terrorists. although, questions come up as to who might use the method and the way, if participation will be obligatory, the kind of info that might be accumulated, and the criminal constructions had to defend privateness. The committee’s aim is to foster a large and planned dialogue between policy-makers and the general public in regards to the type of national identification procedure that may be created, and no matter if this kind of process is fascinating or possible.

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Are the as-yet-undetermined countermeasures up to the challenge? Any proposed system must be examined to determine whether the net result with respect to identity theft would be better or worse than it is now. It may be that more robust security in a nationwide identity system, along with increased attention to data integrity (for example, correlating birth and death records, as discussed above) in current identity systems, would mitigate some of the identity theft problems that arise. 3 Technological Challenges T hough the aim of this short report is merely to point out some of the essential policy questions that would be raised by the introduction of a nationwide identity system, the committee believes that the technological and implementation challenges raised—even without a precise characterization of such a system’s goals or subsequent policies— are enormous and that they warrant significant and serious analysis.

Are the as-yet-undetermined countermeasures up to the challenge? Any proposed system must be examined to determine whether the net result with respect to identity theft would be better or worse than it is now. It may be that more robust security in a nationwide identity system, along with increased attention to data integrity (for example, correlating birth and death records, as discussed above) in current identity systems, would mitigate some of the identity theft problems that arise. 3 Technological Challenges T hough the aim of this short report is merely to point out some of the essential policy questions that would be raised by the introduction of a nationwide identity system, the committee believes that the technological and implementation challenges raised—even without a precise characterization of such a system’s goals or subsequent policies— are enormous and that they warrant significant and serious analysis.

How would it provide solutions to those problems? S. S. citizens would not be sufficient. 5If the goal of the system is to aid in counterterrorism, then relevant questions might include the following: Is a past criminal record a signal of a potential terrorist? Is a long record of frequent travel a signal that a person is or is not likely to be a terrorist? And so on. 6See Lawrence Lessig’s treatment of software imposing values in Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace, Basic Books, New York, 1999. S.

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