New German ID Card to Facilitate Internet Trade, Ministry Says
"July 23 (Bloomberg) -- Germany's new national identity card, which will replace existing ones from November 2010, may promote Internet-based commerce by providing merchants with fraud-resistant proof of identity, the Interior Ministry said.
Web shop operators wishing to use the new cards as proof of identity must request a certificate of entitlement from a government agency, which permits the retrieval of data such as name, address and age from a chip on the card, the ministry said. The card holder authorizes the data retrieval by placing the card on a reader and entering a personal identity number.
``The new identity card makes electronic commerce safer and easier for citizens, businesses and administration,'' Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said in a faxed statement after Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet approved the plan today. ``It helps cut red tape and yields enormous scope for savings.''
The introduction of new cards may boost sales at online retailers such as Amazon.com Inc.EBay Inc. Internet commerce, including online banking, has been hampered by identity theft including ``phishing,'' where a fraudster poses as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication to obtain information such as credit card details. and auction platforms such as
Card holders can opt to activate the commerce function and have an electronic signature loaded to the chip, the ministry said. The card will facilitate not only Internet commerce and online banking, but also ``electronic government,'' the online handling of administrative procedures, it said" (....)
"Card holders may also decide to upload two fingerprint images to the card's chip, a measure that would make it impossible for a holder of a stolen identity card to cross borders equipped with fingerprint readers."
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