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Former NSA official on ActivCard board

ActivCard, a company that sells software for using "smart cards" with microchips to help in tasks such as identifying card owners, announced Friday that William Crowell, a former deputy director of the U.S. National Security Agency, has joined its board. Crowell also was chief executive of Cylink until its acquisition in February by ; both companies sell technology for secure Internet communications.

ActivCard, which moved its headquarters from France to Fremont, Calif., this year, is issuing thousands of smart card ID badges each day to the U.S. Defense Department. The company supplies Microsoft with digital identity badges. For 2002, the company had revenue of $41.8 million but a net loss of $45.5 million.