Better Privacy Protection Starts With Smart Cards, According to New Smart Card Alliance Brief

Better Privacy Protection Starts With Smart Cards, According to New Smart Card Alliance Brief

Smart Cards in eGovernment Conference, Washington, D.C., March 9, 2005–The Smart Card Alliance believes that protection of individual privacy is a critical goal for any identity management system. As part of its ongoing active approach to helping organizations and individuals understand how to balance both privacy and security in this complex arena, the Alliance announced the availability of a new briefing document, Identity Management Systems, Smart Cards and Privacy. The announcement came today as government and smart card industry leaders gathered for an event focusing on new federal government identity and credentialing initiatives at the Smart Card Alliance 4th Annual Smart Cards in eGovernment Conference and Exhibition, being held from March 9th through 11th, 2005 at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C.

“People accept giving personal information when needed-whether to their employer or for government issued identity documents like passports-they just want to make sure it is well-protected and not misused. So do regulators and privacy advocates. We created this new briefing document to help frame the discussion about this important and timely topic for all of the stakeholders,” said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance.

“Smart cards help protect privacy with integrated circuit chips that support personal identification numbers, biometrics and encryption to secure data carried on an ID card or document. But choosing privacy-protective smart card technology alone is not enough. Everything from the system design to the policies about who has access to individuals’ personal data to the types of devices that can read the information and when affects how well personal information is protected. Our brief provides effective guidelines for how to achieve robust privacy protection in identity management systems and is written for non-technical audiences,” said Vanderhoof.

The Identity Management Systems, Smart Cards and Privacy briefing and accompanying frequently asked question document was developed by the Secure Identification Task Force, an active group of Alliance members who work collaboratively to share their expertise as a non-partisan industry voice. This new briefing and FAQ document, along with additional smart card reports, are available at Government agencies and their employees can request a free copy of any Alliance report by emailing the Smart Card Alliance at

About the Smart Card Alliance

The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association working to accelerate the acceptance of smart card technology. Through specific projects such as education programs, market research, advocacy, industry relations and open forums, the Alliance keeps its members connected to industry leaders and innovative thought. The Alliance is the single industry voice for smart cards, leading industry discussion on the impact and value of smart cards in the U.S. For more information please visit