Category Archives: ID Cards and Identification

US ID Card Policy: Not Very Coherent

From Eye On Miami, a real and true story. Forgive me for quoting in full, but it’s too delicious:

After a number of automatic renewals of my drivers license, The Florida Department of Motor Vehicles sent me a notice, requiring me to present in person three categories of proof of identity for a new license. Mine is set to expire in one month. I though this was a little excessive, but hey: you can’t be too careful these days, not after 9/11. So I signed up online for an appointment– so far, so good. I collected various proof of identity (a passport, bank statements, tax bills, health insurance card) and appeared at the duly appointed time and day having braved nearly an hour of traffic.

At the door, the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles refused to accept documentation I provided to renew my license because I did not have my social security card. A passport, bank statements, health care card, tax bills were insufficient proof of identity according to the three categories, nor living in the same house for twenty five years. The DMV sent me to the Social Security Administration for a replacement of my social security card so I could prove identity to renew my drivers license.

There, for proof of identification Social Security accepted my … drivers license.

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Genuine Tinfoil Solution to ID Hacking

Foil Electronic Pickpockets with Aluminum Foil or Multiple Credit Cards — Lifehacker.

(Not really ‘politics’ but I couldn’t resist putting this under “tinfoil”.)

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French Constitutional Court says French Biometric ID Card Legislation is Unconstitutional

The somewhat impenetrable decision is Decision no. 2012-652 DC. Discussion at Official: stillborn French biometric ID card scheme not just extra-terrestrial but also unconstitutional, 13 times over. My first guess is that this is pretty significant.

Maybe it’s time to revise Identity Cards and Identity Romanticism?

Spotted via PogoWasRight.

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The App that Ate the Plastic Card

There’s a lot of smart stuff about why the mobile Starbucks phone app caught on and the Mondex digital cash card failed in Dave Birch’s latest at ‘Consult Hyperion’. If you are into e-payments, you should read it, but then if you are into e-payments you’ve probably been reading him for a long time.

All this is partly an excuse to repost this paragraph, that made me laugh:

Incidentally, I got an e-mail from Starbucks telling me that from now on if I use my Starbucks app to buy in-store then the staff can call me by my name. I had to go and log in to my Starbucks account to find out what name I’d used when I set it up. Naturally, I hadn’t used my “real name”, which in this case is pretty handy. When they call out “Latte with extra shot for Dave” there might be many Daves and so confusion, but when they call out “Latte with extra shot for Theogenes de Montford” I’m pretty sure I’ll be the only one up at the counter. But I digress.

I so get that. But somehow I never do it.

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Google Health Has Only Months to Live

HealthVault to die 1/1/12:

When we launched Google Health, our goal was to create a service that would give people access to their personal health and wellness information. We wanted to translate our successful consumer-centered approach from other domains to healthcare and have a real impact on the day-to-day health experiences of millions of our users.

Now, with a few years of experience, we’ve observed that Google Health is not having the broad impact that we hoped it would. There has been adoption among certain groups of users like tech-savvy patients and their caregivers, and more recently fitness and wellness enthusiasts. But we haven’t found a way to translate that limited usage into widespread adoption in the daily health routines of millions of people. That’s why we’ve made the difficult decision to discontinue the Google Health service. We’ll continue to operate the Google Health site as usual through January 1, 2012, and we’ll provide an ongoing way for people to download their health data for an additional year beyond that, through January 1, 2013. Any data that remains in Google Health after that point will be permanently deleted.

Official Google Blog: An update on Google Health and Google PowerMeter

There were some major privacy issues, although (because?) Google Health navigated around HIPAA effectively. I wonder how many people exactly were using it? The people at Microsoft HealthVault must be very happy today.

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Seminal Paper on Problem of Global Names

Via Financial Cryptograph comes news of “a seminal paper on the subject” of global names in which “all [is] resolved”:

Global Names Considered Harmful by Mark Miller, Mark Miller, and Mark Miller

As reported by Bill Frantz, that's the paper.

I await the sequel on global distinguished names with bated breath.

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UK to Scrap National ID Cards

Official statement just released on the IPS website,

Both Parties that now form the new Government stated in their manifestos that they will cancel Identity Cards and the National Identity Register. We will announce in due course how this will be achieved. Applications can continue to be made for ID cards but we would advise anyone thinking of applying to wait for further announcements.

First fruits of the Con-LibDem coalition.

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