Shostack + Friends Blog Archive


Australia dumps National ID


Opponents of Australia’s controversial Access Card received an early Christmas present earlier this month when the incoming Rudd Labor Government finally axed the controversial ID program. Had it been implemented, the Access Card program would have required Australians to present the smart card anytime they dealt with certain federal departments, including Medicare, Centrelink, the Child Support Agency, or Veterans’ Affairs. (“Australia’s controversial national ID program hits the dumpster,” Ars Technica)

Congratulations to the people of Australia. Now let’s hope the UK and US pick up on a winning trend.

Picture by Drewsta.