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Germany unveils next generation ‘personal security card’

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The new identity card isn’t just to verify who a person is. It’s now a matter of personal security, according to German officials who showed off the country’s newest ID technology at this year’s CeBIT conference.

According to reports from CeBIT, the new identity card will go into circulation for the first time in November 2010. It features an advanced biometric identification system and users have the option of associating a finger print with the card.

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The user’s identity information and electronic signature is encrypted and broadcast by the card via radio frequency identity (RFID), which its creators believe will help facilitate e-commerce and e-government. The card could even be used to remember passwords on the Internet, according to a product description on the CeBIT Web site. Lost or stolen cards would be treated like credit cards today: once reported missing, they would no longer be accepted.

“In order for the new electronic ID card to be accepted by Germans, the federal, state and municipal administration, as well as independent businesses and banks, must develop solutions on their side that enable the smooth running of business processes with the new electronic ID card,” the CeBIT page claims. “With the new electronic procedures for filing taxes, the changeover to the new ID system is already underway.”

The group calls its new ID standard a “personal security card” that will “improve practical life.”

The RFID medium is an especially controversial choice for an ID standard technology, given its seeming disposition to being hacked. Tales of RFID’s insecurity dot the Web and popular blog BoingBoing memorably promoted a video in March 2009 showing how RFID-enabled credit cards could be hacked for less than $8 and some basic tech skills.

With over 1 billion RFID-enabled cards already in circulation, it would appear that business has settled on a new standard for wireless verification systems. Whether that standard’s safety and reliability as an identity technology will be proven remains to be seen.

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said President Donald Trump was facing an "inflection point" ahead of the first presidential debate.

The president will face off against Joe Biden for the first time Tuesday night, and the "Morning Joe" host said the stakes could hardly be higher for his re-election chances.

"Where we are is at an inflection point," Scarborough said. "Donald Trump is losing. His support over the past few days has been dropping, in some places precipitously enough so to concern his advisers. We showed you yesterday polls from two of the most important states, Wisconsin and Michigan. and in Wisconsin, down 10 points. He's losing support there. In Michigan, down eight points. These are must-win states for Donald Trump."

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At issue, for the president who can not afford to lose Florida's 29 electoral votes, are voters in The Villages expressing displeasure with the president and admitting he has lost their trust.

According to the report those voters are now in play and are taking a hard look at Democratic presidential challenger Joe Biden.

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In its report, "Sins of Omission: How Government Failures to Track Covid-19 Data Have Led to More Than 1,700 Healthcare Worker Deaths and Jeopardize Public Health," National Nurses United lists the names of at least 213 registered nurses who have died of complications from Covid-19.

"Unfortunately, instead of tracking and reporting #Covid19 data, federal and state governments have ignored, hidden, and manipulated Covid-19 data." — Jean Ross, RN, NNU President #ProtectNurses

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