[LINK] Australian e-Passport
Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Sat Oct 7 06:58:54 AEST 2006
At 1:22 +1000 7/10/06, Geoffrey Ramadan wrote:
>Key features of the Australian e-Passport can be found at:
Key features? Despite many requests made to them by APF, DFAT
refused to provide meaningful information about the implementation,
before, during or since the project began.
Read the paperwork carefully, and you won't find answers to whether
there is additional data on the chip or not, including whether
something about your face, generated from something unspecified, is
on the chip or not.
Details of the technical implementation, and the protections used?
Results of tests of the design? Nuh.
>It also sumarises how it protects data and privacy.
Re security, again it abjectly fails to inform. Is the data
protected, or *will* it be? Is ICAO's spec fixed, or does it contain
options, and does it come in versions? If so, which are being used?
And why does it still use the future tense, months after deployment?
Privacy protections that had accumulated under the common law, and
such as were created by the Privacy Act in 1988, were torn to shreds
when the Passports Act was re-written from scratch, and passed by a
Quite simply, we have very little idea how the application works, and
no-one has ever seen a security audit report. As far as the arrogant
apparatchiks in DFAT are concerned, we're all subjects, and have no
right to such information.
The vacuous excuse of the US visa waiver program gave the spook
community the opportunity to sweep away human rights, and get
themselves open-ended authorisation for biometrics to be imposed.
The complacency of the Australian public in the face of the accretion
of power of the national security and law enforcement agency push is
extraordinary, and bodes very ill for the freedoms of my kids and
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