Teleconference Examines How Smart Cards Strengthen Privacy, Security in ID Systems

Teleconference Examines How Smart Cards Strengthen Privacy, Security in ID Systems

Princeton Junction, NJ, June 4th, 2003–The Smart Card Alliance will host a teleconference on “Privacy and Secure ID Systems” Thursday, June 26th, 2003 from 1:00 to 2:15 PM EDT. The program is part of a series of SmartTalk teleconferences offering both members and non-members on-going, easily-accessible education programs.

“Confirming individual identities has never been more important, or more complex,” said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance. “In our teleconference, experts examine how smart cards enhance privacy and add security. This dialogue is essential to managers and information systems professionals in just about every industry from government agencies to healthcare, travel and financial services.”

According to the Alliance, ID system complexity, coupled with increasing public awareness of the risks of privacy intrusion, requires that organizations focus on privacy and personal information protection throughout the entire ID system design and implementation. A panel of industry experts will address how these privacy considerations affect a secure ID system design and implementation with the following presentation topics:

  • ID Systems and Privacy: The Business Perspective. Kent Blossom, director, IBM Safety & Security Services, will look at the increased need in the marketplace for security and privacy, with examples of implementations.
  • Privacy-Sensitive Business Practice and System Design Guidelines. Jeff Katz, vice president of Marketing for Atmel, takes a hands-on view of implementation recommendations for business practices and system design.
  • The Role of Smart Cards as a Privacy-Enabling Technology. Gilles Lisimaque, senior vice president and co-founder, Gemplus, will discuss how smart cards can be used enforce business practices and security and privacy rules.
  • Phil Becker, editor of Digital ID World, will summarize the panel conclusions and present perspectives on the needs and trends for privacy and security in secure ID systems.

Following the presentations, Randy Vanderhoof will moderate a Question and Answer session.

The SmartTalk series is designed to promote discussion of leading edge issues critical to industries that can benefit from smart card technology. Both Alliance members and non-members are encouraged to participate. Attendees must pre-register for the presentation and discussion by visiting the Web site at or calling the Alliance at 1-800-556-6828.

The registration fee for SmartTalk teleconferences is $95.00 for non-members. Alliance members receive a number of complimentary registrations based on their membership level.

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