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"Privacy Baseline" For European EID Cards 24

giles hogben writes "This paper from the European Network and Information Security Agency looks at the roll-out of privacy features in electronic identity card technology (PDF) over Europe. It includes numerous tables for easy comparison but doesn't make too much comment on the relative privacy-merits of different cards. Readers can draw their own conclusions though ..."
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"Privacy Baseline" For European EID Cards

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  • Hey guys! (Score:3, Insightful)

    by fuzzyfuzzyfungus ( 1223518 ) on Tuesday February 03, 2009 @01:24PM (#26712641) Journal
    Here is the list of eID privacy features you asked for. Don't worry, it's not like you get to choose whether you carry one or not, and which one you carry, so don't get too excited. Have a great day!
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 03, 2009 @05:34PM (#26717315)

    Personally I'm quite disgusted about this 'bend over' attitude of our politicians but hey, they get more power while blaming the other! (USA)

    Aye. Well, in theory, EU is supposed to exist mainly for stopping that kind of stuff.

    When USA said "We now demand this. Begin supplying us loads of private info about anyone flying here or you will no longer fly here", EU could have gotten together, smiled and said "Okay. We won't. Say goodbye to all your income and jobs from tourism. And it will work both ways. You won't be getting holidays in Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, etc. any more. It will hurt both of us a lot. So what about we don't force that to happen?" and USA would have had no options but to remove such requirements.

    However, what EU did was... Nothing at all. It bended over. I have been quite bitter about that to our politicians lately.

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