IBM has been the Globalist ID Technological arm for many many years
dating back to it's shameful involvement in branding jewish prisoners in the
Nazi Death Camps.
Asia | November 10 2005
By Vivian Yeo
International standards backed up by a UN body are needed to clear
up the international identity-verification mess, according to a senior IBM Global
The growing need for fast, accurate verification of personal identities has
prompted a call from an industry observer for a global agency to set international
The realm of identity and access management (IAM) is heating up as nations
like the UK and the US increase their use of biometrics and other identifying
technology in ID cards, border controls and other areas.
Beyond different governments "trying to create a mosaic for what they
want as good identity management", wider international cooperation is needed
to establish a common language and standards, said Cal Slemp, vice-president
and global leader for security and privacy services at IBM Global Services.
The common language for exchanging user access information is also known as
"Governments have a huge part to play in this, because they have ultimate
responsibility for their citizens, and depending on the country, they may have
ultimate responsibility for the businesses and e-commerce as well," Slemp
But, current efforts are piecemeal and much more can be done to exploit the
potential of the federated environment, added Slemp. During a medical emergency,
for instance, the identities of a foreign doctor and a visiting patient need
to be established quickly and accurately, in order for the right healthcare
to be administered.
What's missing right now, he noted, is a trusted third party to authenticate
trustworthiness. "So we've got inconsistent and incomplete implementation
[in individual countries], and also no standard approach to the future nor a
target to shoot at."
Slemp believes that now is the right time to establish a global body that will
consider the interests of all countries and build up a foundation, which the
individual countries can expand upon to fulfil their unique requirements.
"There are organisations that work together on this issue and issues like
that across borders all the time, and it can be as grandiose as to say the UN
has a process in place to share information like that and create working groups
to try and to create standards or expectations and across multiple jurisdictions,"
said Slemp. "I just don't know what the name would be."