Fight fraud with an iPod

Fight fraud with an iPod

Summary: A senior manager at a British government agency has come up with an alternative to the U.K.'s identity card scheme: Give everyone a free iPod installed with a digital certificate.

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According to a fun story by Andrew Donoghue at ZDNet (UK) a British governement agency has developed an alternative to the U.K.'s identity card scheme: give everyone an iPod installed with a digital certificate installed.

Patrick Cooper, the head of applications and data services in the U.K. Department of Trade and Industry, is worried about the security threat posed by the ubiquity of ADSL in the UK. He inferred that a cell phone or an iPod equipped with a digital signature or digital certificate plugged into a computer could effectively solve authentication and identity management problems.

"If you had a mobile phone with a digital certificate, you could dock it into your PC. An iPod with a digital certificate would also work," Cooper said. "My boss would give everyone in the U.K. an iPod. That would also mean there would be no reason for anyone to steal one, because everyone would have one."

Cooper also noted that the iPod scheme would also be more cost-efficient than other government plans to combat online fraud, such as equipping the proposed National ID Card with a PIN or password system to enable it to work as an online authentication device.

 

Topic: Apple

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  • It's silly to think this scheme would stop stealing...

    steal an ipod, get an identity :)
    mcoyne
  • outdone yourselves

    Just when I thought there couldn't possibly be another way to work iPod into a headline, you've found one.

    But what does an iPod have to do with it? couldn't the same thing be accomplished with any USB device, not an expensive toy?
    shraven
  • what about the battery?

    With the average iPod battery recharge life ammounting to about
    1000 charges, each citizen could experience a few days every 2
    -3 years where they do not exist! (per se)

    What a great excuse for not writing that email or getting such
    and such work done while waiting for your replacement idPod
    Rob Charles
  • Great for iPod sales figures!

    If they actually give an iPod to everyone in the UK, that should really boost my Apple stock! I just hope no one realizes that a small USB flash drive will work just fine at a fraction of the cost.
    zaphod@...
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