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It has been some time since we reported on the use of contact chip cards for a consumer loyalty, frequency, or related application. But the lull has ended. Marketing company, Smart Destinations, is issuing smart cards in a number of major U.S. cities to promote tourist attractions and incent visitors.
With more than 10 million cards already issued, Mexico’s Voter ID project is a major card issuance undertaking. The integrity of these highly secure credentials is being ensured via state-of-the-art automated inspection systems from Spartanics.
There has been a widespread realization that the integrity of a card issuance system is paramount to overall security. This fact has led issuers to re-look at the choice between centralized and distributed issuance architectures from the standpoint of security. And many are finding that advances in distributed issuance are curbing past security gaps.
The identification and security communities risk a slide down the proverbial slippery slope if a proactive effort is not made to address widespread consumer privacy concerns. So says author Dennis Bailey in his exploration of the issue for SecureIDNews.
In this provoking exploration of the balance – or lack thereof – between privacy and security, ID industry veteran Dennis Bailey turns popular conception inside out. He argues that greater security from terrorism and other new-world threats can only come through increased transparency … rather than through our current, outdated conceptions of privacy protection.