A National ID Card by Stealth?
The BC Services Card Privacy Risks, Opportunities and Alternatives
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British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA)
Dr. Kate Milberry, Researcher, BC Civil Liberties AssociationChristopher Parsons, PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science and Graduate Fellow at the Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria
This project produced a report that offers a comprehensive examination of national ID cards in the Canadian context. The project involved research on national ID card programs and identity management proposals in various jurisdictions, and efforts by the BCCLA to gather data on the BC Services Card through a series of freedom of information requests and interview requests. The report indicates that these requests for further information were largely denied, which led the researchers to conclude that there is a critical lack of transparency in the BC identity management proposal.
The report situates all the available data about the BC program squarely in the national context of Canadian federated ID management proposals, with discussion of the attendant technical, legal and policy challenges. The report's assessment is based on a careful technical review of the specific solution advanced by SecureKey Technologies, the vendor for the BC program (and the vendor hired by the federal government to provide a national credential brokering service), the privacy and security implications of the program, and comparisons with other proposals and technical designs.
In addition to the report, this project produced a formal literature review and delivered a public forum on the topic of the report. The half-day forum was held at Simon Fraser University, in Vancouver. The forum featured the report's authors, Kate Milberry and Christopher Parsons, as well as Christian Paquin, Microsoft Research; Bradley Weldon, Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of British Columbia; Andrew Clement, University of Toronto, Identity, Privacy and Security Institute; Vincent Gogolek, British Columbia Freedom of Information and Privacy Association; and Micheal Vonn, BC Civil Liberties Association.
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OPC Funded Project
This project received funding support through the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s Contributions Program. The opinions expressed in the summary and report(s) are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Summaries have been provided by the project authors. Please note that the projects appear in their language of origin.
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