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Issue No.01 - January/February (2012 vol.10)
pp: 46-54
Andreas Poller , Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology
Ulrich Waldmann , Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology
Sven Vowé , Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology
Sven Türpe , Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology
Electronic identity (eID) cards promise to supply a universal, nationwide user authentication mechanism. Most European countries have started deploying eID for government and private-sector applications. The German eID project serves as a showcase for eID from an application perspective. The new German ID card is contactless, aims to protect people's privacy to the greatest extent possible, and supports cryptographically strong mutual authentication between users and services. Privacy features include support for pseudonymous authentication and per-service controlled access to individual data items. The core technology seems ready for mass deployment, but application issues might hamper eID adoption for online applications.
eID, user authentication, electronic identity card, identity management, smart card, privacy, Germany
Andreas Poller, Ulrich Waldmann, Sven Vowé, Sven Türpe, "Electronic Identity Cards for User Authentication—Promise and Practice", IEEE Security & Privacy, vol.10, no. 1, pp. 46-54, January/February 2012, doi:10.1109/MSP.2011.148
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