[LINK] Access card 'more secure than Medicare'
Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Fri Sep 7 09:47:47 EST 2007
Am I alone in feeling that the following assertion lacks credibility?
>" ... the existing Medicare card ... figures in 70 per cent of
>serious and organised crime identity investigations and 50 per cent
>of all fraud investigations," a spokesman for Senator Ellison told
At 9:11 +1000 7/9/07, Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:
>Access card 'more secure than Medicare'
>September 6, 2007 - 5:34PM
>The controversial access card will be more secure than the current
>Medicare system, the federal government says, despite new reports
>showing it could be targeted by cyber criminals.
>The access card is intended to replace the Medicare card and up to
>16 other benefit cards, streamlining access to a wide range of
>government health and welfare services.
>There have been ongoing concerns about the privacy implications of
>the new card and a new report from the Australian Institute of
>Criminology warns the card could be targeted by cyber criminals.
>The study details concerns about how computer technologies could be
>infiltrated by criminals or even terrorists.
>But Human Services Minister Chris Ellison says the new card will be
>significantly more secure than the current Medicare system.
>"The access card will replace the existing Medicare card, which
>figures in 70 per cent of serious and organised crime identity
>investigations and 50 per cent of all fraud investigations," a
>spokesman for Senator Ellison told AAP.
>He said the current technology was 23 years old and criminals were
>Security was paramount with the new card, he said, which was being
>developed with the Australian Federal Police and the Defence Signals
>"The proposed card's security design relies on multiple layers of defence.
>"There is security on the surface of the card, the chip, and though
>the access card system," the spokesman said.
>"Each layer includes security and privacy-enhancing features which
>add together to provide a comprehensive end-to-end security
>And the inclusion of a biometric photograph and signature on the
>face of the card was also designed to reduce fraud and prevent
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