Russia To Adopt Universal ID Card in 2012

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Russia To Adopt Universal ID Card in 2012

Postby Orfeas » Mon Jan 24, 2011 9:24 pm

I dont have to tell you what is next after the card - if you want to know more watch this : Rockefeller Reveals to Aaron Russo


http://singularityhub.com/2011/01/18/ru ... d-in-2012/



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For all those conspiracy theorists out there, 2012 just got a little more ominous. As required by legislation passed this last summer, Russia will adopt a universal ID card starting next year. The Universal Electronic Card (UEC) is intended to eventually replace all local, regional, and national forms of ID, providing a central database through which Russians can access everything from medical insurance to ATMs. According to the official website, the UEC will be adopted by around 1000 national and regional services along with about 10,000 commercial enterprises. The mayor of Moscow has already declared it will be able to handle public transportation there, and we can expect similar adoptions throughout the nation. Will all Russians be carrying a single form of ID that is their only passport to all public and private services? Looks like it. A similar project has started in India, and there are experiments for related concepts in Mexico. Universal ID is starting to catch on around the globe. Where will it spread to next?

Ostensibly, the UEC is designed to push the Russian ID system into the 21st century. Not only is the card to provide a way for citizens to easily make electronic purchases (in person and online) it is supposed to cut down on fraud. While it doesn’t seem to include any biometrics, the card has other security measures. All information (whether for public or commercial use) will be stored in a database, not on the card. The UEC will have a number, a ‘passcode’, that points the user to the appropriate record in the database. It’s unclear what kind of readers (RF, magnetic strip, etc) will be able to access the UEC, but the site says that at least one (perhaps the only one ) will be contactless. For financial transactions users will be able to set predefined limits so that the card can only withdraw a restricted amount of funds over a period of time. Each use of the UEC will require the entry of a personal identification number, and get this, everyone will be granted a fake PIN as well! If someone is coercing you into using your UEC, then enter the fake PIN. Authorities will be notified surreptitiously while the transaction appears to be continuing regularly. I’m sure we can think of a dozen ways to get around that, but still, pretty cloak and dagger there, Russia.

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Starting in 2012, Russians will be able to carry the UEC and start connecting it to their bank accounts, credit cards, bus passes, etc. Due to the legal mandate most of the businesses and all of the local/regional/national services will be required to accept it. Convenient, yes. Potentially disastrous? Maybe so, but Russia’s not going to be alone in this. India is adopting a universal ID for national identity, and is going to encourage public institutions and commercial enterprises to accept it. That UID, however, will contain some pretty thorough biometrics. Programs in Mexico (powered by a company in the US) will experiment with iris-based identification for public and commercial purposes, albeit on a smaller scale. Universal ID, especially those with advanced security features, seem to be a rising trend on the global stage.

There are some real benefits here. Convenience, certainly. Many Russians simply don’t have a way to make a secure purchase online, and their public system is a warren of overlapping ID cards that require an equally tangled bureaucracy. Properly set up, a UID tied into bank accounts could help you keep track of purchases and manage finances with greater accuracy. Security could also improve, but I think that any such system (even those that employ biometrics) are at best a short step ahead of criminal ingenuity.

I don’t think you have to be a conspiracy nut to notice the dangers either. With a single ID, agencies will be able to track personal activity more precisely. That could mean catching terrorists through financial detective work, but it could also mean a large scale invasion of privacy. Not sure if this is just old Cold War prejudice talking here, but I think Russia’s reputation makes that possibility seem likely.

In any case, whether or not Russia’s UEC proves to be a boon or bane to its citizens, it is certainly coming. And soon. The more often we see universal ID adoption, the more I believe that some form of that technology is going to spread to every industrialized nation around the world. Government or private issue, service or commercial orientated, biometrically enhanced or not – UID is on the rise. Whatever problems or advantages that may cause, we best prepare for them now.
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Postby angeloneastralseed » Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:09 pm

Wow Orfeas, that is interesting. Yes, I'm sure USA will be on that wagon soon. First the Gov needs to come up with the fear factor to convince the public to agree 'for their own safety' - so sit back and enjoy the drama show.


I have always wondered about the whole universal currency, and now it seems I.D. thing. I wonder when the bible mentions the 'sign of the beast will be on our right hands and forehead' if it means something like this - symbolism of a universal sign (card) being held in our hand and numbers memorized in our head - is it the sign of the beast?
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Postby Theory » Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:58 pm

Wow.....I was really hoping it was all a conspiracy, but looks like its going to be reality....Not good, not good at all.Image
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Postby PegasusAngel » Tue Jan 25, 2011 12:00 am

Oh dear :shock:
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Postby truthseeker » Tue Jan 25, 2011 1:38 am

Theory wrote:Wow.....I was really hoping it was all a conspiracy, but looks like its going to be reality....Not good, not good at all.Image


It is a conspiracy, but its no theory...makes me mad :x
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Postby Ace Rimmer » Tue Jan 25, 2011 4:03 am

Theory becomes fact......
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Postby Theory » Tue Jan 25, 2011 4:44 am

truthseeker wrote:
Theory wrote:Wow.....I was really hoping it was all a conspiracy, but looks like its going to be reality....Not good, not good at all.Image


It is a conspiracy, but its no theory...makes me mad :x


Yeah, that's what I meant...conspiracy theory is becoming reality.
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Postby lunarwing » Tue Jan 25, 2011 5:52 am

The public at large is "programed" that any conspiracy is automatically a theory.
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Postby Theory » Tue Jan 25, 2011 7:05 am

lunarwing wrote:The public at large is "programed" that any conspiracy is automatically a theory.


I suppose its because there's not always alot of proof to show that a conspiracy is real, lack of evidence would make it a theory wouldn't it? and what one person considers evidence, may not be the same for next person.
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Postby Ace Rimmer » Tue Jan 25, 2011 8:52 am

My personal opinion is that if people would pull their heads out of their......Oh I mean open their eyes and take a look around, you can't help but see what is going on in the world.
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Postby Shaun_Omega » Tue Jan 25, 2011 9:56 am

Metaluna wrote:My personal opinion is that if people would pull their heads out of their......Oh I mean open their eyes and take a look around, you can't help but see what is going on in the world.


+1 Metaluna, again my thoughts exactly!
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Postby Ace Rimmer » Tue Jan 25, 2011 11:22 am

Shaun_Omega wrote:
Metaluna wrote:My personal opinion is that if people would pull their heads out of their......Oh I mean open their eyes and take a look around, you can't help but see what is going on in the world.


+1 Metaluna, again my thoughts exactly!
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Postby Reinhard » Tue Jan 25, 2011 2:08 pm

They are doing this because the Russian state is not doing well. The regular populace are turning against the state. You have ethnic riots and nationalist parades.

The government is doing everything to try and stay in power.

At the current rate the Russian government won't last till 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUjDIIQYdf4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWsaDcJBsow
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Postby Moon » Tue Jan 25, 2011 6:39 pm

Russia is also a country whose people don't mind authoritarian rule. As president, Vladmir Putin changed many things, including taking away direct elections of state governors. Mr Putin is still very popular and will probably run for president in 2012 for another two terms. A universal ID card is nothing new here.
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Postby Shaun_Omega » Tue Jan 25, 2011 8:55 pm

Metaluna wrote:
Shaun_Omega wrote:
Metaluna wrote:My personal opinion is that if people would pull their heads out of their......Oh I mean open their eyes and take a look around, you can't help but see what is going on in the world.


+1 Metaluna, again my thoughts exactly!
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Hah you got me there. :P

In all seriousness though I really do not want to be part of a society that is fine with having their freedoms snatched away only to feed the governments "power" and hold over humanity. That is the worst part for me, not the fact that the governments are emplacing such stupid craptastical laws, rules and controls over the rest of us, but the fact that the majority of the people are either fine with or accept it, that is what stings the most and is why I see humanity as we know it today nothing more than a bad joke!
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Postby PegasusAngel » Tue Jan 25, 2011 10:38 pm

Shaun_Omega wrote:That is the worst part for me, not the fact that the governments are emplacing such stupid craptastical laws, rules and controls over the rest of us, but the fact that the majority of the people are either fine with or accept it, that is what stings the most and is why I see humanity as we know it today nothing more than a bad joke!

Agreed! :shock:
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Postby Ace Rimmer » Wed Jan 26, 2011 4:37 am

Modern society: Most people are asleep at the wheel. The rest of us are in the back seat with our eyes wide open. :shock:
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Postby PegasusAngel » Wed Jan 26, 2011 7:53 am

Metaluna wrote:Modern society: Most people are asleep at the wheel. The rest of us are in the back seat with our eyes wide open. :shock:
We are trying to wake the drivers up before they take us all over a big cliff!

I love that analogy...simply because I'm the worst back seat driver!! :wink:
(well because your statement is true as well...lol)
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