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The Problem with ID Cards

…most scenarios … involve physically handing [an ID card] to a uniformed official where an individual is under some kind of suspicion. Yet the overwhelming majority of times we need to authenticate our identity aren’t like that, because they’re almost all commercial transactions and often online.

From The Guardian.

I suspect it will be companies such as Visa—and not governments—that deliver useful systems that individuals want to use, if for no other reason than that I can easily change my bank within a week—it is nowhere near as quick or easy to change my government or the projects they have commissioned. If my government misuses my identity, who do I complain to—who regulates them? If my bank or credit card company misuses my identity, I have a higher authority to go to.

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February 8, 2009 at 11:20 am

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