- 21 October 2015
- By Stan Beer
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Just What Are The Implications For The Health Identifier Service Of This Announcement? I Wonder How The Public Will React?
This appeared last week:
The federal government has adopted the majority of recommendations made in last year's financial systems inquiry report, promising to deliver a national federated digital identity framework and a public-private sector innovation committee for the financial sector.
In its long-awaited response to the December 2014 report, tabled today [pdf], the federal government also said it would ask the Productivity Commission to review options to improve data-sharing within the sector, and remove regulatory impediments to modern product information disclosure.
By the end of next year, the government also intends to consider how to amend priority areas of regulation to make it technology neutral.
The FSI report, led by David Murray, highlighted a national federated digital identity as key to improving the efficiency of digital identity processes as well as to minimise the costs and regulatory burden of customer authentication for financial services firms.
Its recommendation - accepted by the government - called for the establishment of a framework under which private and public sector bodies could compete to supply digital identities.
A single minister should be given responsibility for the framework, the report suggested, and a private-public sector taskforce should develop the detail of the framework and standards.
Banks and other financial services firms are currently required to verify an individual using government-issued, paper-based credentials such as a passport or drivers license.
By introducing a national digital identity framework, reliance on paper-based mechanisms could be reduced, making the process more secure and convenient for customers and more efficient for governments and banks, the FSI report said.
It recommended the government utilise the national document verification service, the myGov service portal, the national e-authentication framework, the Finance department’s third-party identity services assurance framework, and the government’s Vanguard electronic authentication service, among others, to create the framework.
The government today said it would task its Digital Transformation Office with developing the trusted digital identity framework.
There is also some coverage here:
COMMENT: After being returned to office in 1987, Prime Minister Bob Hawke triumphantly announced that he now had a mandate to introduce an ID card for all Australian residents. Such was the outcry, that Hawke backed down and talk of the card disappeared into the ether. In 2015, the Orwellian Australia Card has returned in the form of a digital ID.
Buried deep in the bowels of the 32 page Government Response to Financial System Inquiry report by former Commonwealth Bank CEO David Murray, were some chilling sentences that confirmed the Government’s intentions to figuratively stamp the biblical mark of the beast’ on every Australian residents’ foreheads.
In actual fact, the ‘mark of the beast’ happens to be a national system to implement a digital identity for all individuals, which was recommended by Murray in his report.
Here are the actual words on page 20 of the document:
Develop a national strategy for a federated-style model of trusted digital identities.
The Government agrees that a national digital identity strategy will help to streamline individuals' engagement with government and provide efficiency improvements.
The Digital Transformation Office will work across government and with the private sector to develop a Trusted Digital Identity Framework to support the Government's Digital Transformation Agenda.
As is always the case with government propaganda, the words are couched in benevolent terms - ‘streamline individuals’ engagement with government’.
In actual fact, what this really means is a more convenient way for government to track and keep tabs on every single living soul residing in this country - from birth until death.
As they have in the past, proponents of the scheme may argue that if you have nothing to hide then why should you be concerned. After all, you don’t mind using your Medicare Card or Driver’s License to identify yourself.
The answer is of course that Australians are not by law required to carry either card as proof of identity or to perform transactions. In fact, we are a freedom loving people who love the freedoms that Australia has always provided and who don’t like to be presided over by authoritarian governments - especially centralised federal governments.
What is going to be very interesting is to see what the reaction to this is. Will people be thrilled or see the plan as the Australia card Mark III.
Also, if we have a digital id that we can use to move money etc. will the same id be used for health care identification for the individual?
Will be interesting to watch over the next year or so.
Posted by Dr David More MB PhD FACHI at Wednesday, October 28, 2015