Schneier sticks it to surveillance

Schneier sticks it to surveillance

Security guru Bruce Schneier has challenged the view that privacy and security are at loggerheads, suggesting the real debate is between liberty and control.

Schneier, security technologist and CTO of BT Counterpane, made the comments during a keynote address at the RSA Conference in London on Tuesday. He sees ubiquitous surveillance and measures such as identity cards tipping the balance towards the state, describing them as stepping stones towards a future where checks become less obtrusive while simultaneously more all-encompassing.

“Identity checks will fade into the background,” Schneier said. “At the moment there are CCTV cameras everywhere and you can see them. There are identity checks everywhere and you know it is happening. Five years ago these technologies weren’t everywhere and in five years’ time they won’t be visible.”

“Identity cards are just a temporary solution until biometrics take over. In five years or so these checks will happen in the background using RFID chips, you won’t even know you are being checked.”

Mobile phone tracking and facial recognition technology will also advance. Eventually it may get to the point where even airports don’t do identity checks because they already know who individuals are, Schneier half-jokingly said.

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2 comments so far

  1. UK Voter on

    When will someone, or prefereably a political party, start to take up the case of our liberties being smashed by this government?

  2. bigbrotherbritain on

    Liberty and control are he two principal issues. The government seeks to smash our civil liberties in order to gain control of our thoughts, movements, calls and emails. Big Brother Britain indeed.


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