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Biometric ID cards 'dangerously flawed'

A leading security expert has thrown his weight behind the privacy groups and activists campaigning against the nationwide roll-out of biometric ID cards announced by UK Home Secretary David Blunkett. Peter Dorrington, head of fraud at private software company SAS Institute, has warned the government may be getting ahead of itself when it announced plans to introduce the scheme by 2005. Dorrington believes such cards won’t be reliable for at least another 10 years. He said: “The state of play is currently that these biometric ID cards are not 100 per cent reliable in confirming identity. They cannot confirm against a national database, all they do is confirm against data which is held on the card.” Dorrington expressed concerns that such verification is not error free and also raised fears about the potential to duplicate cards and the allure of such a practice to organised crime. Full Story

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