The usefulness of the “smart card”

I’ve been going on for a while about the smart card and people have just been scoffing the fears I harbour. “It’s just like the CPR” they say invariably, “and we’ve been living with it since 1984, so what’s the difference? It’s going to make our life better!”

Sure it’ll make our life better. If we had proper legislation against fraudulent use, against trafficking in private information, against identity theft, and against mis-use or even a law to protect our private information.

But we don’t.

So expect a not too distant future like this.

Now can you afford not to take action?

Start by writing your MP to stop this fiasco before it’s too late.

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7 Comments
  • anonymous
    9 February 2005

    The usefulness of the “smart card”

    The thing is Mahmood, there will always be abuse against any new technology that comes out, no matter how good the initial intention is. I wonder if your government will be wise enough to have someone who is really capable of implementing such widespread implementation of smartcard….in which case, you don’t seem to be too trusting of them 🙂

    Wisnu

  • mahmood
    9 February 2005

    Re: The usefulness of the “smart card”

    I have nothing against persons, I have soemthing against the parliament and government who do not seem to be concerned with the protection of personal freedoms and privileges, nor are they concerned with protecting against misuse of personal and private information by ANYONE.

    I also have nothing against the smartcard idea, it will have to happen at some point as it is part of the technological juggernaut, but not having laws to protect citizens and residents where this card applies is abominable.

  • mohd
    9 February 2005

    The usefulness of the “smart card”

    I don’t like this at all. It creates more problems than it resolves. But then again, that seems to be the function of government anyway.

    Say goodbye to any sort of privacy. Every single instance of your life is now on permanent consolidated record. It will be available to every “government” employee and aren’t they the most scrupulous and honest individuals?

    We’re less than ten years removed from a security apparatus that accumulated warehouses of information AND used it against them. This sham just makes it that much easier, as well as increases their scope, both in terms of how much information is available and to how many people it is available to.

    A minister’s denial of abuse is just that, living in denial. Tiny Bahrain doesn’t have the resources to protect against fraud if enough people figure out how to abuse the system. And that abuse is not a matter of IF, it is most definitely a matter of WHEN.

    mark my words…

  • anonymous
    9 February 2005

    The usefulness of the “smart card”

    FYI, I have implemented smart card company wide. So far, we only put our ID and password information on the chip (32 K). Note that in the world, there are only 2 major companies that can do major deployment of smart card, Gemplus and Axalto. Given proper instructions and using the best consultant for the work, I am actually quite confident on the infrastructure of implementing smart card itself. Maybe Bahrain can look on the example of Malaysia, who has recently implemented this system.

    The problem is ALWAYS people. Security in this will be as strong as the weakest link, and the weakest link is usually people. So the Bahraini government must socialize the concept to the people, the govt. employee, ensure everyone how it works and understand the perils and safeguards against unwanted access. I suppose laws regarding privacy must be amended in advance, to ensure that the link you posted will not happen, hehehe. That was a funny link by the way, though I don’t think current smart card is that advanced yet.

    Wisnu

  • anonymous
    9 February 2005

    Re: The usefulness of the “smart card”

    [quote]That was a funny link by the way, though I don’t think current smart card is that advanced yet. [/quote]

    [b]yet…[/b]

  • anonymous
    26 February 2005

    The usefulness of the “smart card”

    Well IMHO the new smart ID IS really just an extension of the old CPR AND your Driving license.

    I am BTW in charge on one portion of the smart card project. All I can say this the security concern as in the AdCritic satire is a bit unfounded. Every single app(CRP/GDT/Health etc) in the smartcard is protected by firewalls and only authorised devices/personnel can access those apps. No data is shared to public without authorisation from the relevant parties. The only open data on the chip is your name, ID no and address, but to access that would also require the command set from CIO.

    I do agree with Wisnu that the weakest link is the people. And the consultants for the smart card project ARE Malaysians who have worked on Malaysian’s ID card. So safe bet we are in good hands.

    BTW the AdCritic satire is based on the MAlaysian ID card.

    Congkak

  • mohd
    13 March 2005

    The usefulness of the “smart card”

    wait, I can’t believe it too this long to dawn on me

    [quote]and we’ve been living with it since 1984[/quote]

    yeah….

    …wierd

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