"To protect against terrorism, we have to stop individuals before they act. Identity Crisis
does the best job I've seen of addressing the real weaknesses in current identification systems and how they correlate directly with further impingements on our privacy and civil liberties. I would have used this book every day to help structure programs and develop policies if I'd had it at TSA."
—Justin Oberman, former head of credentialing and identity programs, Transportation Security Administration
"In this thoughtful and informative book, Jim Harper argues that privacy and security can best be achieved by resisting the relentless demands for technologies of global identification, which threaten privacy without increasing security. Instead, Harper argues for technologies of authorization that allow individuals to decide how much of themselves to reveal. A valuable contribution to a polarized debate in which out-of-the-box thinking is all too rare."
—Jeffrey Rosen, author of The Unwanted Gaze
and The Naked Crowd
"Few people in America have done the kind of critical thinking about identity and identification that Jim Harper does in this book. An understanding of identity management and policy is essentialnot only to leaders in government, but those in the commercial sector as well."
—Nuala O'Connor Kelly, chief privacy leader, GE, and former chief privacy officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
"For years now we’ve been hearing about the promiseand the threatof databases, biometrics, smart cards, and other information technology breakthroughs. Finally, someone has cut through all the jargon, the techno-babble, and the right-left rhetoric and looked at it all with common sense and a clear eye. Jim Harper has produced a thoughtful, fast-paced, enjoyable tour through this brave new world that will become the source book for the ongoing debate."
—Steven Brill, CEO of Verified Identity Pass and author of After: How America Confronted the September 12 Era
"Harper's book does an excellent job of laying the groundwork and clearly defining the different types of identification and the roles that they play in everyday societal interactions. He provides interesting historical context on the evolution of identification, and writes in an engaging style."
—Christian Beckner, Homeland Security Watch
"Harper generally succeeds at the task he set himself: identification theory and principles. The book is readable and covers the basics. He argues that we all need a better understanding of what we are doing when we rely on identification. Harper would say that we need a serious discussion of how to handle identification issues. The book is a good starting point for that debate."
—Robert Gellman, DM News