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WebID-ISSUE-27 (bblfish): track electronic IDentity (eID) initivatives [liaison with other groups]

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Date: Tue, 08 Feb 2011 15:29:32 +0000
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WebID-ISSUE-27 (bblfish): track electronic IDentity (eID) initivatives [liaison with other groups]


Raised by: Henry Story
On product: liaison with other groups

On 8 Feb 2011, at 11:11, Henry Story wrote:

In Monday's teleconf Martin Gaedke pointed out

   gaedke: regarding electronic IDs, there is something going on in Germany
   ... also in other countries ongoing
   <webr3> like the US too 
  <gaedke> http://www.epass.de/
  <gaedke> http://www.personalausweisportal.de/

This started the thread on German Identity Cards

I added a lot of the links that came up on that thread on wikipedia's page


which is a bit of a mess at present, and not very well written up. They are still missing a good simple architectural overview of what eID's do. In 2009 the EU came out with "Privacy Features of European eID CardSpecifications"


What is worrying is that the German Identity card is RFID enabled. See this video where Chris Piaget queries these cards


Not sure if there is a problem here. The german card has a pin, to protect it.

A lot of the information is either too hight level marketing, or too low level technical. Some questions we need to answer are are:
   - how do these interact with TLS?
   - Is the TLS/Browser interaction the main use case?
      (The linux article shows this nicely [1])
     => if they interact well then it should be a positive for WebID, as it will just
       increase the TLS userbase, and spread eID card readers that could also be useful in a web
       of trust
   - they have signature functionality. When is that used? Via TLS?
   - the german id cards readers seem to have SOAP interfaces to query them. Is this just legacy stuff. 

[1] But is the Belgian eID scheme the same as the german one?   
    My guess is that given the ubiquity of the browser, they will all be using TLS
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