Thursday, July 24, 2008

no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark

"And he causes all, both great and small, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark on their right hand, or on their foreheads: And no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark" (Rev.13:16-1)

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 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.",2144,3507049,00.html

How to fake fingerprints:

stay tuned!


Rudi said...

Hi bjorn! Glad you're back safely.
Very interesting topic. I was just looking at some related information over the past few days. I'm sure you're familiar with PRIME (Privacy and Identity Management for Europe)

I've been researching trying to get the lowdown on the comparable
program here in the US. I'll update you via e-mail with anything I think you'd find helpful. Lots of info at the link above! -Rudi

Anonymous said...

Farmer, welcome back.
Since the early eighties “us” MARK watchers have seen this coming; I’ve been calling the internet the modern Tower of Babel for some years, what difference is there really? We’re all coming together in a purpose-driven world to save the children. New bill past this week to earmark 48 BILLION for third world aids etc. That will be a drop in the bucket compared to the .07 percent that is coming; it’s all borrowed, and my children will have to pay for it, interest, and inflation to boot. It is a sad time for grandparents who paid the price for their legacy to dissipate into thin air.

Setterman said...

IsitILORD, This article seems to point to your Tower of Babel!
"Zuckerberg said Wednesday, the company will make it easier for developers to translate their applications into dozens of languages across the globe."