I personally believe there aren't enough humorous biometric blogs around, so I thought I'd go first. Really, who said you can't have humor while talking about security? Okay yeah, airport security sure, but name another one!! Anyways, if you saw Dave Letterman last night you can skip this post. This was his Top 10 list - Top 10 Ways to Improve the Department of Homeland Security:
Instruct airport screeners to hit everyone in the nuts.
It's been in the news since a few weeks ago, but now it's official. Tom Ridge has resigned from his position as Secretary of Homeland Security. The funniest thing is - this guy must be a big spender (think Donald Trump and just about any hip hop star):
Ridge, 59, told colleagues he was tired and needed to earn more money for his two children's college educations, the Associated Press reported July 30. His salary is $175,000.
Where are they going to school? InSanelyExpensiveTakeAllYourMoneyAndRun University? I know it's expensive to go to school, but there are so many people that have more than one child in college and are doing it with way less annual income. Sounds like just an excuse to me. He was probably just tired of being responsible for protecting millions of people from a single terrorist attack. That, and the color orange.
Singapore has come up with a much more clever name for their frequent flyer project than the US's commonly called.... er... frequent flyer project. They have coined this procedure FAST - Fully Automated Seamless Travel. Just like the trials going on in the US, the Singapore Changi Airport will provide frequent travelers with a card that holds facial and fingerprint data so that they can avoid the full extent of security checkpoints. Singapore Changi Airport testing biometrics-based system.
Also relevant to this theme is the effort by Asia-Pacific to be forward-moving with biometrics, now moving it beyond an 'emerging technology'. New Zealand leads the way, making headway with international standards on e-passports. Biometrics in Asia-Pacific.
The United States hasn't issued any microchip-equipped passports yet, but as the Department of State tests different prototypes, the international standards for the passports are under fire from privacy advocates who worry the technology won't protect travelers from identity thieves.