Expert: Digital Passports Needed for Web Safety
ONLINE PRIVACY—NEW ZEALANDMay 21, 2010
An IT security expert believes New Zealand's $122 million igovt project is an example of the way governments can limit cybercrime, the New Zealand Herald reports. Eugene Kaspersky believes that "digital passports" are necessary because, on the Internet, "Unfortunately, there are too many bad guys...They know how to hide on the Internet." New Zealand's igovt program allows registered users to access various official Web sites with a single username and password, the report states, and to then have their identities verified by entering a validation code. To date, the report states, there are 10 participating agencies, including the Department of Internal Affairs, which allows registered igovt users to order copies of birth, death and marriage certificates online.