Register of Electors by internet
ukcrypto at sourcetagged.ian.co.uk
Fri Oct 1 16:36:08 BST 2010
On 1 Oct 2010, at 16:04, Peter Fairbrother wrote:
> Peter Gutmann wrote:
>> Peter Tomlinson <pwt at iosis.co.uk> writes:
>>> which immediately offers me:
>>> and Kaspersky IS chokes on the digital certificate, because the
>>> issuer isn't
>>> included in its base set of trusted certificate providers.
>> When I try and connect there I get a year-old (i.e. not hurriedly-
>> Verisign cert.
> Yes, I think it's likely to be a real site, for some value of "real".
> But I think that misses one point, which is why there is a
> centralised site for electoral registration at all.
> AIUI these registers are kept by the local councils, not centrally.
> Why can't the Councils just do it themselves? Why have a third
> party do it?
> I don't know the details of the thinking behind this, if any, but
> it seems on the face of it to be yet another centralising
> information grab by someone.
> And that's bad, for the reasons we all know - a centralised
> database contains all the data, so it's the one best place to look
> if you want to be able to access any particular data, or all the data.
There has been a centralised on-line electoral register since at
least the late eighties. I know this because I saw it being used from
a police incident room to background check hotel residents prior to
and during a Conservative party conference.
> Security nightmare.
> -- Peter Fairbrother
> (slightly drunk, hope this is clear)
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