Identification Clinics

Late in 2017 the association applied for a grant through the Alberta Lottery Fund to purchase a digital identification system called EZ Child ID.  The intent of this system is to provide FREE identification clinics in the Grande Prairie area.

Attending a Safety Identification Clinic?  Why no speed up the process and complete the Pre-Interview form at home and bring it with you.

After an exhaustive search of options for identification systems we settled on EZ Child ID, a system currently in use by the Ontario Masonic Lodge in their CHIProgram (Child Identification Program).  

Why the EZ Child ID Card System?

That is why we are pleased to offer you the nations most comprehensive digital fingerprinting child identification system. EZ Child ID has worked directly with the National MasoniCHIP foundation in developing our software. We have worked with law enforcement officials to ensure that our digital fingerprinting system is up to their standards. We have taken it one step further and included a digital fingerprint analysis software package to make sure all the necessary“points” on a fingerprint are obtained. We ensure that we capture all the vital information required by the Amber Alert system. Unlike our competition, our system even records a digital video with voice which is saved in digital avi format. Our EZ Child ID card form includes all 10 fingerprints and is saved in the universal PDF format. The parent not only receives printed an EZ Child ID card, they also get a CD with all the information on it. This allows the parent the opportunity to reprint the EZ Child ID card and form at home if they desire. To help protect from identity theft, our software was written so that no information from the child is saved on the computer. Once you start over, all of the data is permanently erased. The parent is the only person who retains their child’s information. 

Why go to this extent?

All of this technology aids in the reporting time if a child is abducted. The parent can take the CD to a police department to be downloaded, 
or they could even email the form to them. There is no other system in the country that is as comprehensive as the EZ Child ID kit. 

Is my child's data safe?

We are often asked about the security of our software. We use the same process that was adopted by the US Department of Defense. We overwrite the child id file using randomly generated data. This is done using a method which bypasses any caching and writes directly to the disk. We do this a total of 3 times. After overwriting the file 3 times, we change the file size to 0, and then rename the file. The file is given a random name, and each time we rename it - the file name is shortened by 1 character. When the filename is only 1 character long, we then delete it from the hard disk and it is unrecoverable.

We have recently added a new option to our software by delivering you child's information to you iPhone or Android phone via our new EZ Child ID Mobile App. Our EZ Child ID software, packages your child’s information in an AES-256 encrypted format and transmits the package to the EZ Child ID Mobile App via an encrypted router. Your information is never on the web. It is only stored on the local secure router for a maximum of 2 hours. The only way to access the information on the router is to enter your child’s 3 initials as well as their birthday in Month/Day/Year format. After two hours, your children’s data is securely deleted from the server using Department of Defense data deletion standards mentioned above. The AES-256 Standard has been adopted by the U.S. government and is now used worldwide. The bottom line? No one will be breaking your encrypted data on an EZ Child ID system.

More information on AES-256 encryption

AES-256 is a key generation method used to securely encrypt your data and prevent unwanted access to your files. But the real question is how safe is AES 256-bit encryption really? When referring to AES-256-bit encryption, we are actually referring to the key that is generated when encrypting your data. The data itself is secured by the software by creating a ‘key’ that uses 256-bit encryption to unlock that data. The math behind AES-256 is fairly straight forward, but very important to understand as it relates to the real world.

The Math 

A 256-bit encryption is the mathematical equivalent of 2^256 key possibilities. To put that into perspective, 2^32 is about 4.3 billion, and it keeps growing exponentially after that. What does this mean though? Well simply put, let’s say hypothetically all the super computers in the world (the ultimate brute force attack) decided to group up and tasked themselves to decrypt your AES-256 key so they could access your data. Assume they could look at 2^50 keys per second (which is approximately one quadrillion keys/second – a very generous assumption). A year is approximately 31,557,600 seconds. This means that by using the one billion super computers required to do this, they could check about 2^75 keys per year. At this rate it would take these computers 2^34 years (the age of our universe) to look at less than .01% of the entire key possibilities. The bottom line? No one will be breaking your encrypted data on an EZ Child ID system. 

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