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Identity commissioner Sir Joseph Pilling has expressed concerns about the Identity and Passport Service's two-stage approach to its core technology. "The IPS have gone for what they call a tactical and a strategic solution to the IT demands of running an ID scheme in this country," he told the Security Document World …


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  1. TeeCee Gold badge

    Wait a bit then.

    "It is not one of those bodies..........(etc.)..."

    Ah, the verbal equivalent of chucking bricks through Fate's windows. Shouldn't be long now until Home Office Data Loss Apology Day comes around again......

  2. Anonymous Coward

    What's this then?

    "It is not one of those bodies in the public or private sector who have shoved millions of unencrypted records out into the public domain, unintentionally, carelessly or as the victim of some malevolent member of staff or consultant."

    A challenge? Sounds like a challenge to me. If that's the only way to get the message through that big databases full of sensitive information you don't really need are a Bad Idea, then I guess we'll have to take him up on this... challenge. *sigh*

  3. Graham Marsden
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    "forcing passport applicants to enrol..."

    ... So much for "voluntary", then...

  4. John Smith 19 Gold badge
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    How much does he *know* about IT security?

    Or indeed IT in general.

    IOW does he have to take whatever the IPS say at face value, as he does not *know* any better?

    Just curious. I noted they appointed this "Identity Commisioner" a *long* time after the actual project got rolling IE after he would have *any* ability to influence its design.

    I'd like to know if the Conservatives will scrap the requirment (much loved of the IPS) to make the passport a notifiable document, like an ID card but not.

    Thumbs up. So they are not rolling out 1 system, it's 1 "small" system and 1 "large" system. How much risk has it increased. Who knows. Lots.

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