new procedure of federal ID badge replacement is one the way

According to Washington Business Journal changes have been proposed to the Federal Information Processing Standards. As of the present time it’s a major hassle to replace lost or compromised federal ID badge; the ID card issue process needs to be started from scratch which causes delay. The proposed changes introduce a concept of ‘chain of trust’; lost or damaged ID badge would be replaced based on biometrics of the applicant. If this becomes a standard it would be much quicker and cost efficient than complete re-enrollment process.

Full story at: http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/blog/fedbiz_daily/2011/03/changes-proposed-for-id-verification.html

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Georgia Supreme Court upholds photo ID voting law

Georgia Supreme Court announced last Monday that it would uphold photo ID card voting law despite Democrats complaints. The final decision, written by Justice Hugh Thompson, concluded that the law was a “minimal, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory restriction.” Bill passed in 2006 requires a voter top present state issued photo ID card or driver’s license before casting a ballot. Since passing the bill Democrats have been arguing it may keep poor and elderly from voting. The advocates insisted that state ID card can be obtained free of charge and constitutional right to vote can user reasonable regulations to guarantee election process fairness and prevent fraud.

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check FPL employee id badge before letting in

According to tcpalm.com fraudulent telemarketing scam in Florida is on the rise. Telemarketers using prepaid phones try to act as Florida Power & Light Co employees to get around “Do not call” lists. State officials advise to take persons name, title and phone number when called in the name of FPL. FPL also advises that its employees as well as contractors always carry a photo ID badge or work order letter when performing services at customer premises. In case of a doubt the customers can get help at

http://www.FPL.com/FPLprotect

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’s Division of Consumer Services

www.800helpfla.com

Full story at: http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2011/mar/06/be-wary-of-scam-in-which-telemarketers-place-to/

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no visitors without photo ID at St. Luke, Utica

According to Utica Observer Dispatch St. Luke hospital administration have decided that starting Monday all visitors arriving after 9PM and before 5AM will have to present a photo ID card to security in order to be able to enter the facility. Every visitor would be issued ID badge to wear while on the premises. Main entrance is to be closed at 9PM and visitors have to use Emergency Department entrance.

Full story at: http://www.uticaod.com/news/x1174967016/St-Lukes-to-ask-night-visitors-for-ID-starting-Monday

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new India photo ID cards on roll out

According to Guardian India government started issuing unique identification numbers (UID) to the country citizens. 12 digit number plays similar role in identification as Social Security Number in the US. Main purpose of the project is to reach government programs beneficiaries directly without any middlemen. Programs like food subsidies have failed to reach people in need in the past.  The agency running the program UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) plans to spend $10 billion to cover 600 million people. High cost and risk of secure data misuse have already spiked controversy around the program. Critics mention national photo ID card program recent failure in the UK.

Full story at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/mar/02/india-identity-cards-uidai-debate-poor

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Russia’s new ID card to cut bureaucracy

RIA Novosti reports that Russian government plans to introduce identity-payment card for all of its citizens. New photo ID card with fingerprint and electronic chip would replace internal passport and allow to pay for utilities, public transportation, drug prescriptions and other municipal needs. Format of the new card would resemble a banking card. The program is expected to cost $5.2-6.9 billion over the next five years. The parliament is already at the last stages of preparing the legislature for the new project. Long lines of people waiting for various services are expected to be eliminated by the new program.

Full story at: http://en.rian.ru/russia/20110228/162789549.html

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Check water meter reader ID badge

According to wivb.com the Erie County Water Authority has warned customers, after two incidents of people posing as water meter workers in the Town of Hamburg (New York). The agency suggests its customers checking employee ID badge before letting in the house for meter reading. Employees use marked vehicles with EWCA logo, wear blue uniform with EWCA patch and must carry company photo ID card. In case a person posing EWCA raise suspicions or refuses to proof identinty customers should shut the door, call the police and EWCA office. If a customer is not sure if presented photo ID card is authentic EWCA can be called at 849-8444 Monday through Friday between 8:00a.m. – 5:00p.m

Full story at: http://www.wivb.com/dpp/news/erie/Water-Authority-ID-water-meter-workers

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Disney employees sue over ID card security risk

According to The Orange County Register Disney employees in Orange county filed federal lawsuit last Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. The class action suit claims employee ID badges expose them to identity-theft risk. Employee social security number is encoded into a barcode visible on Disney employee ID cards. Many modern smartphones have applications able to decode barcodes using built-in camera. California law bans printing social security numbers on ID cards but encoding the number into a barcode remains a matter of law interpretation which a judge would have to resolve.

Full story at: http://ocresort.ocregister.com/2011/02/22/disney-workers-sue-over-identity-theft-risk/70903/

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Estonia: new government online job portal

It only takes an ID card to register for government job in Estonia. After creating the account with a unique login the registered user can create his own resume, make it browseable by employers as well as manage his unemployment benefits account. The portal also allows employers to post jobs and browse posted resumes. Upcoming additions include online application for unemployment benefits, grants for new start-ups and unemployment insurance.

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photo ID badge part of hospital staff dress code

According to cfra.com the Ottawa Hospital asks Registered Nurses and Registered Practical Nurses to always wear photo ID badge so that patients and families can recognize them. All hospital staff who faces the public will eventually wear photo ID badge. The official statement from the hospital says “consultation and feedback from patients, staff and professional practice groups throughout the hospital confirmed that a key to ensuring patients comfort and safety is the ability to easily recognize members of their care teams.”

full story at: http://www.cfra.com/?cat=1&nid=78006

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