Secure ID Coalition Meets With State Legislators to Discuss Technology Standards


The Secure ID Coalition, a proactive advocacy group that
seeks to institutionalize secure standards that protect the
individual, met with policymakers at the National
Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) held the week of
Aug. 14. The organization’s agenda was, to discuss the
adoption of standards related to identification technology.

Secure card makers Gemalto and Oberthur Card Systems, in
conjunction with chipmakers Infineon Technologies, Philips
Semiconductors and Texas Instruments, shared their own
privacy principles with legislators. Those who attended
encouraged legislators to adopt best practices in securing
personal data.

According to the Secure ID Coalition organization, “The
mission of the coalition and its member companies, which
provide digital security solutions for identification
documents – including contactless smart cards – is to
promote the understanding and appropriate use of smart card
technology while maintaining user privacy.”

The coalition advocates use of smart card technology that includes identity authentication, along with good security practices at the state level designed to safeguard citizens’ data.

“While contactless smart cards can further improve system reliability and operating efficiencies, they require tailored security practices to protect confidential personal information contained on the cards and in central databases. The coalition supports the use of best practices in implementing these security measures,” says a Secure ID Coalition spokesperson.

The coalition’s mission includes the first is: the preservation of personal information with the adequate security of ID documents assured at the state level. Also, individuals should have the right to know what information is contained in electronic ID documents about his or her person; how that data was collected, secured and transmitted; and when radio frequency (RF) technology is included in an ID document. Citizens should also have the right to ask where and when these ID documents are read.

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