Thursday, December 27, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
Although the Australian government attempted to paint the Access Card system as a "Human Services Access Card," there's little doubt that it would've doubled as an effective national ID system. Information printed on the card was to include one's name, photo, signature, card, and DVA entitlements. Those particular requirements aren't any more onerous than what the US requires for a driver's license, but the Access Card didn't stop there. Each card would have been tied to an individual user via a specific card number and a corresponding PIN required to access the card's more detailed information .
Encrypted information contained within the card's RFID chip would have included a person's legal name, date of birth, gender, address, signature, card number, card expiration date, and Medicare number. Provisions were also included that would allow additional information deemed to be necessary for either "the administration or purposes of the Act."
Complete with biometric data it would have spelt the dawn of a truly Orwellian era had the Howard Government held power for another term. It now seems to have been finally put to bed by the incoming Labor Government slashing 1.2 billion dollars off the budget!
This truly is cause for celebration during this most festive time of year. I hope it's just the start of good things to come under Rudd.