[LINK] Smartcard mooted for federal welfare payments
swilson at lockstep.com.au
Tue Apr 21 17:03:36 AEST 2009
Tom Koltai wrote:
>> Smartcard mooted for federal welfare payments
>> Karen Dearne
>> April 21, 2009
>> The Australian
> The sad facts in this story are the ommissions.
> The amount of domestic violence will increase dramtically with this card
> and Pin numbers will be revealed under duress.
> I urge the Government to include Biometrics as the SOLE source of card
That's a big call! Is there any biometric system proven in large scale
retail payments card applications? In rural settings especially, the
false positive false negative trade-off will be diabolically difficult.
What technology do you have in mind?
Identity theft and fraud are not banished by biometrics. For some
technologies like fingerprint, ID theft is much easier than it is with
PINs. And what to do when a biometric is compromised? They cannot be
canceled and re-issued.
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