Friday, June 5, 2009

Why the ID Database won't be secure

To those of you out there who think the ID Database will be a good thing I would like to point you at this story...

A GLASGOW council worker was sacked and another resigned after they were caught snooping into the core database of the Government's Identity Card scheme.

The two Glasgow staff were caught snooping on people in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Customer Information Systems (CIS) database, which includes among its 85 million records the personal details about everyone in the UK, and which the Identity and Passport Service plans to use as the foundation of the national ID scheme.

"A member of staff tried to access stuff about famous figures," said a spokesman for Glasgow City Council. He said the DWP alerted the council about the breach. He refused to name the celebrity or say how the council dealt with the matter.

Now let's just make one thing clear to people. If the government builds a great big super database your data will NOT be SECURE.

And no amount of magic fairy-dust technology will change this.

The greatest threat to all data security are the people who have access to it. If you can't trust them you're screwed.

And there is no point in the state building a super database unless a lot of its employees have access to it. Otherwise how will it help them control us?

So the question you must ask yourself is, how many perverts and weirdos does the state employ?

Sweet dreams...

Guest blog post by RobW

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