- EU - Asylum finger-printing finds over 17,000 multiple claims +/-
(EUobserver.com) An EU finger-printing database set up last year is helping to identify the thousands of asylum seekers who apply for asylum in several EU countries simultaneously in the hope of being accepted more quickly. Known as Eurodac, the database shows that, since January last year, 17,287 of the almost 247,000 processed asylum seekers have made multiple applications. Almost 25,000 illegal immigrants are also registered on the database.
- NL - Widening role of personal identification number +/-
(Digital Media Europe) by Joe Figueiredo. Dutch citizens and residents could be issued a national personal identification number by 2006 under which their personal details will be stored centrally and subsequently accessed by all central, provincial and local-government authorities - from hospitals to schools.
- PL - Polish Web Portals Criticize Draft Telecoms Law +/-
(Reuters) Polish Internet portals warned that a telecoms bill making its way through parliament would require Poles to present identification documents before opening free e-mail accounts. In a letter sent to lawmakers, three portal operators said that, by failing to allow users to sign up electronically, the law went far beyond the requirements of a European Union directive it is meant to implement.
- Simple passwords no longer suffice +/-
(CNN) To access her bank account online, Marie Jubran opens a Web browser and types in her Swedish national ID number along with a four-digit password. For additional security, she then pulls out a card that has 50 scratch-off codes. Jubran uses the codes, one by one, each time she logs on or performs a transaction. Her bank, Nordea PLC, automatically sends a new card when she's about to run out. As more Web sites demand passwords, scammers are getting more clever about stealing them. Hence the need for such 'passwords-plus' systems.
- US May Use New ID Cards At Borders +/-
(Washington Post) Government contractors hope a mix of new and existing technologies will better identify foreigners entering the United States through thousands of miles of land borders, without causing backups that stretch halfway to the ocean. One key ingredient is a rapidly emerging but controversial technology known as RFID, or radio frequency identification, which companies are increasingly using to remotely track products.