Government Hire Boffin Who Slammed Their Shoddy Online ID System

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Government Digital Services have employed the services of one the boffins who claimed to have revealed worrying security flaws in their online verification program.  Dr George Danezis was one of the authors of a report that raised concerns over the “excessive trust” placed by GDS in their home-built central hub that connects users with third party contractors. According to the report this is a recipe for enabling “undetected mass surveillance”…

GDS have been careful not to cop to any of the boff’s claims, spinning that they welcomed the report’s “contribution“, but pooh-poohing the idea that their software could be used for surveillance. Before inviting the bloke who claimed the exact opposite to join their privacy and consumer advisory group…

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Dr Alexander Kogan, the app developer who originally harvested the Facebook data, said…

“I think what Cambridge Analytica has tried to sell is magic and made claims this is incredibly accurate and it tells you everything there is to tell about you. But I think the reality is it’s not that. If you sit down and you really work through the statistics and you think what does a correlation of point three means, those claims quickly fall apart. And that’s something any person with a statistical background can go and do.”


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