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 Friday, October 27, 2006

"Authentication processes can contribute to the protection of privacy by reducing the risk of unauthorized disclosures, but only if they are appropriately designed given the sensitivity of the information and the risks associated with the information. Overly rigorous authentication process, or requiring individuals to authenticate themselves unnecessarily, can be privacy intrusive."

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada's recently released new Guidelines for Identification and Authentication. The Guidelines are intended to help organizations develop appropriate identification and authentication processes in ways that respect the fair information practices in the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) and ensure compliance with its security provisions by providing the strongest protection for customers’ personal information. The scope of the document is limited to identification and authentication techniques between organizations and individuals.

These guidelines were released by the Canadian Privacy Comissioner, is a good document discussing both privacy risks and security threats:

See also a more detailed document published by Industry Canada in 2004 named "Principles for Electronic Authentication".

This article was accessed through Schneier's blog: Schneier on Security.