Radboud University develops identity card which should guarantee privacy




Scientists from the Radboud University have developed a card that stores the owner’s personal information. This privacy must be better safeguarded, as the only shows only the data required and the rest shields.

The conscious card is called IRMA, which stands for ‘I Reveal My Attributes. The idea is that all the personal data of the carrier are stored, but that, when prompted, only the necessary data are shown. One example is that only the age of the owner is shown as he or she tries to buy alcohol in supermarkets.

In an interview with De Gelderlander says Bart Jacobs, who leads the development team, KPN and Surfnet interested in applying the IRMA card. KPN wants to use the concept of SIM cards, probably in order to provide a privacy conscious alternative to the identity. Whether that also means that the data should be stored at KPN is not clear. Incidentally work TNO and SIDN with the investigation.

Users can protect the data on the IRMA card with a personal PIN code. So to read out data and not simply to be given explicit permission for first. Examines the Radboud University or the concept can be used as a student card and there are even demonstrations given to the government. IRMA is, moreover, already in development for several years.


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