State-Sponsored Identity Theft

For those of who have wondered how under-cover policing will work, when “anyone entering a false identity on the database would be stuck with it”, Bruce Schneier picks up an interesting story from US law enforcement. Ohio Agents Use Woman’s Identity in Strip-Bar Sting

The original Associated Press story is here.

Supporters of Ohio’s identity theft law are livid that state liquor control agents gave a college student the driver’s license and Social Security number of another woman so she could pose as a stripper for a sting.

One supposes a Home Secretary might authorise such things under the powers he would have under the failed Bill to alter any individual record by order. But that still leaves other legitimate under-cover activities with problems. For example.

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?