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The 2nd Annual Report of the National DNA Database Ethics Group has been released. The report criticizes the government’s response to the European Court of Human Rights ruling that keeping the DNA of people arrested but not charged was unlawful.



Nearly 2,000 people have had personal information about themselves lost by the Ministry of Justice over the past year, in a series of incidents listed in the department’s accounts, published last week.


The Government of India plans to issue Unique Identification Card to all Indian citizens, under the national ID program, with an estimated to cost around Rs 150,000 cr.

The project will be led by hi-tech entrepreneur Nandan Nilekani and is based on computer application called SCOSTA.

The biometric smart card will have personal details related to retina, fingerprints, credit histories, name, sex, address, marital status, photo, identification mark and criminal background details (if any). These details will be linked to a central online database or repository.

The creation of UID was one of the major agenda in UPA government manifesto during the recent elections.

The issue of identification cards is a move towards better governance (e-governance). It is expected to elevate bureaucratic tangles with a single identity card issued to a person. Presently there are different identity cards issued to a single person, some of which are valid /applicable at all times.

The card can serve multiple purposes like its use as voter ID card and proof for opening new bank accounts. It will also help to check illegal immigration and curb terrorism.

Nandan Nilekani, aged 54, is one of the founding members of Bangalore-based software giant- Infosys Technologies. To avoid conflict of interest, Nilekani will step down from the chairmanship of Infosys and will serve Unique Identification Authority of India.

Vendors need to watch this legislation closely as it could possibly rewrite system requirements down the road. States have begun planning for new driver’s license systems that are compliant with Real ID. Vendors should begin a dialogue with these agencies NOW in order to position themselves for any changes that may occur to their requirements. Vendors should also expect to see extended use of existing infrastructure should Pass ID become a reality. Costly and complex systems may not be needed as the timeline for the proposed Pass ID is narrow. –

BTC Commentary

Has anyone seen special effects in science fiction films or video games where a huge boss-monster is exploded into parts and then the parts regain their life and keep moving around, wreaking havoc?

Real ID as a boss-monster of sorts has exploded into many different “parts”, such as:
  • Passport cards
  • Speedpass Border Cards
  • Transport Worker Identification Credential Cards
  • Enhanced Driver’s Licenses meant for “alien migrant workers”
And now, The Tribal ID Card , U.S. leaders gotta get the Native American government compliant with the rest of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) Program.
CLUE: WHTI’s modus operandi is to get everyone on some sort of quantifiable electronic grid system.
Now – between you and me and the mosquito on the wall, I really don’t think most Native American’s are too essentially hip to the electronic grid system as part of the res.  Casino Natives now empowered by independent wealth are more like Libertarians in that they want LESS governing intrusion from the “white folks”.  They do not envy urbanites like you may think they do.  
So this brings us back to square one.  Who are the people who want us on the electronic grid system?  Well… you may start with the Council on Foreign Relations and count backwards until you arrive at the United States birthplace conclusion:  socialism run by a select few elites doesn’t work in America.   No matter how bad they want it.
The Natives are really sensitive to how this all works.  We should get out of their way and leave them alone.  I think we’ve honestly done enough.  They don’t need a special card from the United States government to tell us who they are.  
I think they’re going to tell the U.S. government what to do with their ID cards, not the other way around.


Jim Babka from Downsize DC will be on the show to discuss his work to stop the Transportation Worker Identification Credential. Jim will be discussing these ideas with with longshoreman and activist Lowell Rogers, who has confronted consequences to his line of work for refusing to comply with TWIC standards.

Jim Babka is the co-founder and President of the Downsize DC Foundation and, Inc. He is also the host of The Downsize DC Conference Call on the Genesis Communication Network. He has guest-hosted other shows including the Harry Browne Show

Lowell Rogers has been an engineer on a brown-water tugboat for 23 years. He loves his work, and his employer likes the way Lowell does his job. But starting April 2009, thanks to the Maritime Safety Act, Lowell’s employer will have to assume he’s a potential terrorist, unless he has a Transportation Worker Identification Credential — a TWIC card.

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Facing TWIC criticism, TSA temporarily allows alternate ID at ports – 12/15

Truck drivers and other workers who have wrangled with aggressive enforcement at many ports for the Transportation Worker Identification Credential may get extra time to fully comply – at least for a few weeks.

The Transportation Security Administration announced Friday that certain ports are allowing port access if workers present acceptable identification and proof that their TWIC card has been printed and is ready for activation.

The new temporary system will revert back to mandatory TWIC card possession for unescorted access through port-defined “secure areas,” with different deadlines for each of three groups of ports.

The first group will be allowed to use the temporary ID system until Dec. 22, including ports located in “Captain of the Port Zones: Boston, Northern New England, Southeastern New England, Cape Fear River, Corpus Christi, TX, North Carolina, Buffalo, NY; Detroit; Duluth, MN; Lake Michigan; Sault Ste. Marie, MI; Charleston, SC; Long Island Sound; Jacksonville, FL; and Savannah, GA.

The second group can use the temporary ID system until Feb. 1, 2009, including ports in Captain of the Port Zones of: Baltimore, Delaware Bay, DE; Mobile, AL; Lower Mississippi River, MS; Ohio Valley, Pittsburgh; and San Diego.

The last group may use the temporary ID system until Feb. 13, 2009. It includes ports in Captain of the Port Zones of Hampton Roads, VA; Morgan City, LA; New Orleans; Upper Mississippi River, MS; Miami; Key West, FL; and St. Petersburg, FL.

Acceptable proof of activation-ready TWIC cards includes:

  • Printing the e-mail sent by TSA during notification process that the TWIC is ready for pick-up.
  • Providing the facility security officer with the applicant’s TWIC application ID number, which can be checked on
  • Providing the facility security officer with the worker’s first and last name. That information can be checked by the officer, using the password-protected portion of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Web site.

“Captain of the Port’s should work closely with facility owners and operators to ensure that the above policy is implemented to provide equivalent security at Maritime Transportation Security Act-regulated facilities while minimizing impacts on maritime operations and commerce,” read a statement from TWIC’s policy advisory council.

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The TWIC program eventually will require more than 1.5 million port employees, longshoremen, mariners, truckers and others who require unescorted access to secure areas of ports to have background checks before being issued cards with their biometric data and residency documentation.

Nationally, TWIC cards will be required for truckers and other port workers who need unescorted access into secure areas by April 15, 2009, although most ports are implementing earlier mandatory TWIC enforcement.

OOIDA has been critical of several TSA processes during the TWIC rollout including the price of enrollment and the ability of foreign nationals to access ports without background checks required by TWIC applicants from the United States. One filing of the Association’s comments on TWIC can be found here.

Standard TWIC enrollment costs $132.50, although workers with “current, comparable” threat assessment background checks such as hazmat endorsements, Merchant Mariner Documents or Free and Secure Trade (FAST) cards may obtain a TWIC card for $105.25. The card is designed to last five years.

Replacement cards for those who lose or damage their TWIC card cost $60, according to the TWIC Web site at

According to TSA, as of Thursday, Dec. 11, 725,742 workers nationally had enrolled in TWIC. Of those, 637,262 cards have been printed and 488,713 had been activated. About 120,000 truck drivers have enrolled.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer

ALL OF US want to fight and end drunken driving. Many in our community have met with the police department to find a way to work together to build and implement an effective anti-drunken driving program.

Unfortunately, the checkpoints, as currently administered, are ineffective, expensive, discriminatory, divisive and operate outside the law.

Checkpoints could be effective as part of a larger program to fight “driving under the influence,” or DUI, but we do not support using them to conduct ID checks, selectively target members of our community and impound personal property.

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“The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association working to stimulate the understanding, adoption, use and widespread application of smart card technology.”

Thanks alot, Big Brother. We hope you go bankrupt.

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What affect will the new administration have on the widespread adoption of government smart card identity and security initiatives currently underway? The 7th Annual Smart Cards in Government Conference will look at the industry challenged with meeting a new administration’s timetable and market demands, as well as what lies ahead for government issuers, accreditation and testing authorities, and procurement programs.

“This event is where colleagues will gather to look ahead to the next four years, share first-hand experiences and gain a thorough understanding of best practices and technologies available to help them achieve theirprogram goals,” said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance, the conference organizer. It will be held October 22 – 24, 2008 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in downtownWashington, D.C. Register for the conference by visiting the Smart Cards in Government Web site.

Eight hundred attendees will join leaders from the federal government and industry in an interactive, instructive forum on the business issues, implementation, best practices, and technology advances happening in thegovernment identity and security market. The three-day conference featuresmore than 75 speakers in keynotes, plenary sessions, and concurrent tracksessions focusing on technical, business and implementation issues, andinclude:

— Karen Evans, administrator of e-government and IT, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), on “Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 12 – Four Years Later”– Kathleen Kraninger, director, Office of Screening Coordination, Department of Homeland Security, on “Developing a Comprehensive Border and Travel Security Policy”– Craig Wilson, H.R. 1 coordinator, National Preparedness Directorate/National Capital Region Coordination, FEMA, on “Why State First Responders Need Standard Credentials”– Bob Gilson, program management analyst, Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC), on “Defining Future Interoperability and Federation for CAC”– Paul Hunter, Department of Homeland Security, on “Passport Card at Land and Sea Border Crossings”– William MacGregor, Personal Identity Verification (PIV) card program manager, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), on “Strategic Direction for NIST ID Card Standards and Special Publications”– Judith Spencer, chair, federal identity credentialing, Office of Governmentwide Policy, General Services Administration, on “Crossing the Identity Divide: Trusting Commercial Credentials in the Federal Enterprise”

The conference program includes further discussion on all of the majorgovernment identity initiatives underway, including the HSPD 12 implementation of PIV cards for federal andcontract employee, electronic passports, REAL ID Act driver’s licensereform, Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) passport cards, theTransportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program involvingthe U.S. Coast Guard, registered traveler cards coming to dozens ofairports, and the first responder authentication credential pilots thatinvolve federal, state, and local agencies throughout the country.

The event also features a technology exhibition involving up to 55 companies, moderated birds-of-a-feather sessions, and networking lunchesand receptions. Pre-conference workshops will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5p.m. on October 21st. The Smart Card Alliance Educational Institute willhost a full-day workshop aimed at government agencies attempting to meetits HSPD 12 directive deadlines, covering the nuts and bolts of PIV cards, from the physical makeup of the cards, toissuance options, to use of the cards, and procurement of hardware andsoftware. OATH will also host a full-day workshop on open standards forstrong authentication.

The Federal Smart Card Interagency Advisory Board (IAB) will hold its regular open meeting prior to the start of the conference, from 9 a.m.until 12 p.m. on Wednesday morning, October 22nd. This is a bi-monthly gathering of government and private industry leaders to discuss smart card adoption and implementation; no fee is required to attend this portion ofthe event, and lunch will be served in the exhibit hall.

The conference is open to all individuals and organizations that wish tolearn about the role of smart cards in government. Smart Card Alliance member organizations and government employees receive complimentary ordiscounted pricing for single day or full conference registrations. Earlyregistration discounts are available through September 23rd. Conferencesponsors include Gemalto, L-1 Identity Solutions, HID Global, OberthurTechnologies, BearingPoint and Intercede.

About the Smart Card Alliance

The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association working to stimulate the understanding, adoption, use and widespreadapplication of smart card technology.

Through specific projects such as education programs, market research,advocacy, industry relations and open forums, the Alliance keeps its members connected to industry leaders and innovative thought. The Allianceis the single industry voice for smart cards, leading industry discussionon the impact and value of smart cards in the U.S. and Latin America. Formore information please visit