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Germans fear new ID cards

Germany has introduced electronic identity cards that store personal data on microchips, raising fears over data protection in a country especially wary of surveillance due to its Nazi and Stasi past.

BERLIN – Germany has introduced electronic identity cards that store personal data on microchips, raising fears over data protection in a country especially wary of surveillance due to its Nazi and Stasi past.

The so-called eIDs enable owners to identify themselves online and sign documents with an electronic signature, which the government says should “increase the safety and convenience of e-business and e-commerce.”

Yet many Germans fear the eIDs — which store the owner’s date and place of birth, address and biometric photo, with fingerprints voluntary — could expose them to data theft.

 
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