Biometric ID Cards Come To Britain... Biometric ID Card Readers, Not So Much

from the fingerprint-this dept

The British government's plans to introduce national ID cards that store biometric information about people have been causing controversy for some time. The first batch of the cards are now being issued to foreign nationals in the country, but Silicon.com has discovered that nobody has the equipment to read them. Neither police nor immigration officers, or any governmental body, has the proper readers to access the fingerprint information stored on the cards (which is perhaps why they've issued cops with portable fingerprint readers). Some people will probably argue that since the info on the cards can't be read, there's no privacy threat. Of course, all this says is that the government doesn't have any readers, but what about other folks? The recent story about the guy in San Francisco who was able to read RFID-enabled American passports and drivers' licenses with $250 worth of gear he bought on eBay highlights that just because the authorities that issued the cards can't read them, it's still possible that others can.

Reader Comments (rss)

(Flattened / Threaded)

  1.  
    identicon
    HD Man, Feb 6th, 2009 @ 12:07pm

    Hackers Delight

    The move to digitize everything is being sponsored by ID Thieves Inc.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  2.  
    identicon
    :Lobo Santo, Feb 9th, 2009 @ 11:38am

    Re: Hackers Delight

    The move to digitize everything is being sponsored by the owners of the central banks, those who control the money supply, the unseen masters of our planet.

    Later, when there's no money and everybody has a little chip in them, if you piss them off--they'll turn off your chip.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  3.  
    identicon
    roxino, Nov 26th, 2010 @ 12:15pm

    nice post

    Agriculture Resume Resumes are interesting. They are one of the least standardized documents online. Most people seem to have a generally similar format, but there is little commonality in wording and actual formatting.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  4.  
    identicon
    Agriculture Resumes, Nov 26th, 2010 @ 12:16pm

    nice post

    Resumes are interesting. They are one of the least standardized documents online. Most people seem to have a generally similar format, but there is little commonality in wording and actual formatting.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  5.  
    identicon
    Agriculture Resumes, Nov 26th, 2010 @ 12:16pm

    nice post

    Resumes are interesting. They are one of the least standardized documents online. Most people seem to have a generally similar format, but there is little commonality in wording and actual formatting.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]


Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here
Get Techdirt’s Daily Email
Save me a cookie
  • Note: A CRLF will be replaced by a break tag (<br>), all other allowable HTML will remain intact
  • Allowed HTML Tags: <b> <i> <a> <em> <br> <strong> <blockquote> <hr> <tt>
Follow Techdirt
Advertisement
Essential Reading
Techdirt Reading List
Techdirt Insider Chat
Advertisement
Recent Stories
Advertisement
Support Techdirt - Get Great Stuff!

Close

Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.