Unformatted text preview: ggest the bizarre idea of tamperproof babies who are impossible to clone and contain a unique number as part of their genetic code. They also suggested having each baby apply for an identity at birth. (Actually, the parents would have to do this as the baby would be otherwise occupied.) This could easily be abused; parents could apply for multiple identities at the child’s birth. In the end, the uniqueness of an individual is based on trust. Renting Passports
Alice wants to travel to Zaire, but that government won’t give her a visa. Carol offers to rent her identity to Alice. (Bob offered first, but there were some obvious problems.) Carol sells Alice her private key and Alice goes off to Zaire pretending to be Carol. Carol has not only been paid for her identity, but now she has a perfect alibi. She commits a crime while Alice is in Zaire. “Carol” has proved her identity in Zaire; how could she commit a crime back home? Of course, Alice is free to commit crimes as well. She does so either before she leaves or after she returns, near Carol’s home. First she identifies herself as Carol (she has Carol’s private key, so she can easily do that), then she commits a crime and runs away. The police will come looking for Carol. Carol will claim she rented her identity to Alice, but who would believe such a nonsensical story? The problem is that Alice isn’t really proving her identity; she is proving that she knows a piece of secret information. It is the link between that information and the person it belongs to that is being abused. The tamperproof baby solution would protect against this type of fraud, as would a police state where all citizens would have to prove their identity very frequently (at the end of each day, at each street corner, etc.). Biometric methods—fingerprints, retinal scanning, voiceprints, and so on—may help solve this problem. Previous Table of Contents Next Products | Contact Us | About Us | Privacy | Ad Info | Home Use of this site is subject to certain Terms & Conditions, Copyright ©...
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