The promise of managing identity on the blockchain – TechCrunch

The promise of managing identity on the blockchain – TechCrunch

Blockchain, the secure distributed ledger technology first created to track bitcoin ownership, has taken on a number of new roles in recent years tracking anything of value from diamonds to real estate deeds to contracts. The blockchain offers the promise of a trusted record that can reduce fraud. Some industry experts say that over the coming years, it could be used to control identity information in a more secure fashion.  As we have seen, just last week with the massive Equifax hack, our personal information is highly vulnerable in online databases in their current form. The fact is that whenever we have to identify ourselves, we are forced to present a variety of information to prove we are who we say we are, whether that’s to register for an online service, to cross a border or even prove you are old enough to drink at a bar.
EU Politician Pushes Parliament to Test Blockchain Identity for Refugees

EU Politician Pushes Parliament to Test Blockchain Identity for Refugees

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A blockchain task force within the European Parliament wants to explore how the technology could be used to provide digital identities to refugees, public documents suggest.  Amendments for the European Union’s 2018 budget, published on August 29, include one related to a task force first approved last year by EU lawmakers. The document also outlines that, of the more than €850,000 allocated for the project in the 2017 budget, €425,000 has been spent thus far.  Remarks included in that amendment – which appear to be attributed to Jakob von Weizsäcker, the MEP who first proposed the task force – suggest that one particular use case lawmakers are considering relates to digital identity for refugees.

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Call to link encryption to ID; Facebook maps everyone

Call to link encryption to ID; Facebook maps everyone

Call to withhold encryption unless you verify your ID

A lawyer has suggested that access to encryption technologies on social media should be denied to those who don’t “verify” their identities.  Max Hill QC, who is leading a review of the UK’s terrorism laws, told the London Evening Standard that “A discussion I have had with some of the tech companies is whether it is possible to withhold encryption pending positive identification of the internet user.” He added that he didn’t think this would “involved wholesale infringement on free speech use of the internet”.  Hill’s views seem to be building on a declaration by UK home secretary Amber Rudd that “real people don’t want unbreakable encryption“.

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New Jersey seeks to prevent patient mix-ups with “Master Person Index”

New Jersey seeks to prevent patient mix-ups with “Master Person Index”

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Chances are, there’s more than one person with your name. That similarity could be problematic when someone’s trying to friend you on Facebook or find you on LinkedIn. Even worse, it could result in a drastic complication when you visit the hospital.Patient misidentification only exacerbates the likelihood of medical errors occurring. That’s why New Jersey is creating a “Master Person Index,” according to The National Law Review.

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