Jane Caplan has worked mainly on the history of Nazi Germany and is currently researching the proof and policing of identity in the Third Reich. She is equally interested in the documentation of individual identity in 19th-century Europe, especially the written and visual marks of identity on and off the body and their status in political and legal discourse.
Why do I need a passport to travel? Why do I have to have so many passwords online? Why should I be fingerprinted to enter the USA? Should there be national DNA databases? Is my identity safe? Questions like these have multiplied in recent years, especially in the aftermath of the events of 9/11. New ways of identifying people on the move, buying goods and services, and preventing crimes have been developed in the UK as well as globally. Do these protect our rights, threaten our privacy, or make us safe