Wednesday, 23 May 2007, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

David Birch, Director of Consult Hyperion, chair of the Digital Identity Forum

After some years work, the Home Office has defined a new national identity system for the UK and is due to start procurement next month. While it’s hard to be sure exactly what the system will do, since no specifications have been published, many informed observers have expressed entirely reasonable concerns about the cost, functionality, security and privacy characteristics of the system.

This talk discusses an alternative way forward for national identity. It sets out a more technologically-informed vision of a national identity management system that can deliver, apparently paradoxically, both more security and more privacy, more functionality and less cost. This talk will explain why this kind of identity system founded on Privacy Enhancing Technology (PET), built on smart cards, cryptography and biometrics, is better for individuals, businesses and the government.


Steria Limited, Hemel Hempstead
Three Cherry Trees Lane, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 7AH


Free for members and non-members

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