15-508 / 17-801 / 19-608 / 95-818: Privacy Policy, Law, and Technology

Homework 8 - due October 21, 2004

Reading Assignment: Garfinkel - 3; Smith - Numbers; Givens 2000; NAS Report, Chapters 1 and 2 (Optional: Garfinkel 10)

1. (24 points) Write a short summary of each chapter or article in the reading assignment (2-5 sentences each). [Note you can write a combined summary and highlight for the two NAS Report chapters.] After each summary (in a separate paragraph) provide a "highlight" for that chapter. This can be something new you learned that you found particularly interesting, a point you would like to discuss further in class, a question the chapter did not fully answer, something you found confusing, a point you disagree with, or anything else you found noteworthy.

2. (24 points) What are three steps that might be taken to reduce the amount of identity theft? (I'm not looking for steps individuals can take to protect themselves.)

3. Pick one of the biometric identifiers described in Garfinkel chapter 3 (or another one that you are interested in) and do some research on it. Be sure to cite your sources in your answers to the following questions: