Many people worry about someone from some corner of the world hacking a server that hosts your personal information be it financial or some other personal information you would prefer not know. While it might be just so that the hacker can sell your information so people can get credit by using your identity or to simply steal money from your bank account is a moot point. The issue is that we’re in a day in age where this can and does happen and either way it is an attack on the person. Though if you were to delve into the depths of the conspiracy theorist than you might begin to think about a phrase coined by David Icke called ‘Problem, Reaction, Solution’ whereby a governing body wishes to do something that their public or organisation would not want unless of course something drastic were to happen (Problem). Then the public or members of the organisation react to the problem (obviously, Reaction) and then the governing body proposes a remedy to this perceived threat (Solution). So, I ask you, is there more to the recent spate of cyber attacks and identity theft?
I was reading an article in the Sydney Morning Herald today about identity theft when the thought occurred to me that perhaps this is a great way to bring about an Australian ID Card; as the article states, “Information from the survey, conducted by Di Marzio Research, will be used to help develop a new national identity security strategy, Mr McClelland said”. Though the Australia Card has had its fair share of rejection over the years, maybe, just maybe there’s a chance it might to come back to the fore.
In saying that, I would love a card with some number, let’s say our tax file number and if there was a secure web service provided by the government we could log in, do our tax, check our @australia.gov email address and keep our postal information updated and any other information that would make life easier for us. I know the conspiracy theorists will suggest this is a bad move but FFS, they know all the information and the data could still be modular so that other departments could not access all of your data, only you could when logging in to the site.
Okay, so yes it does put all your eggs in one basket but they have all the information anyway. It’s probably all stored in offline networks, that is, networks that are accessible from certain government computers but not on the internet. Either way, I think this could be achieved and would help to simplify the publics interaction with the government.
Well as always, I’d love to hear your comments on this and don’t forget…
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