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The European Commission is running a three-year pilot project to get national identity cards to work in different countries. The €20m project hopes to make eID cards work in 13 member states. The goal is to find a common set of specifications so different cards will allow access to services in all countries. The Commission …


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  1. Peter D'Hoye
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    Right on time

    Surely they could have come up with that *before* countries started distributing them...

  2. Anonymous Coward


    That's the most desperate acronym I've ever heard.

  3. dervheid

    They can stork that...

    where the sun don't shine!

    This'll so never, ever, ever work.

    Be the mother of all IT contracts though! Think of the possibilites!

  4. Anonymous Coward
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    It's official...

    amanfromMars works for the European Commission:

    "Secure idenTity acrOss boRders linKed, or Stork..."

  5. Michael

    Didn't see Ireland on the list.

    ....... and it's not in Schengen ( in common with the UK) .There is an ePassport scheme, so... it should be there.

  6. Anonymous Coward
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    Is it just me...

    ... or is that a possibly the most pants acronym in history?

    How about

    Secure idenTity acrOss bOrders LinkED

    STOOLED - and I'm using the medical term here, since this is what europrats usually manage to do to us.

  7. Steve

    Improved "co-operation"

    "The e-Justice scheme will create a European portal to improve access to legal information and improve co-operation between judges and enforcement agencies."

    I'm not convinced that will necessarily improve our "access to justice".

  8. Anonymous Coward
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    Good job Viv's involved, otherwise it would be the cheapest crappiest solution, which would be as hackable as the Dutch OV Chipkaart or someother crud "entitlement card" scheme based on the Mifare Classic, like were being knocked out in parts of the UK.

    My advice would be take a look at the system in Schiphol airport (known as Privium). Very slick and uses contact cards rather than contactless, so there's a reduced risk (---> 0%) of unauthorised reading.

  9. Anonymous Coward
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    Eid cards.

    Good to see the Islamic festival of Eid becoming a fundamental part of the european union. I didn't realise there were greetings cards for it though.

    On Acronyms, how about:-

    secuRe IDEntity AcroSS bOrders LinkEd

    "RIDE ASS'OLE" - Perhaps too American?

    seCURE iDentity AcRoss borderS linkEd

    "CURED ARSE" - For those desperate times in foreign lands.

  10. Graham Dawson Silver badge

    So Stork...

    A stork to deliver another EU tar-baby. Joy!

    @Peter D'Hoye

    The reason they waited until after countries started distributing theirs was so they could cause the most amount of disruption to the largest number of people's lives. As far as I can tell, the EU civil service do this sort of thing purely for the giggle of it. They *like* causing people misery. It's really the only thing that explains their actions and behaviour these days.

  11. Ted Treen


    It has nothing to do with the unelected bureaucracy keeping tabs on us, then....

    Metinks the time for a latter-day Wat Tyler is nigh.

  12. fred

    Check out the site

    Secure idenTity Across (borders) LinKed - STALK

  13. Anonymous Coward
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    This one'll get modded.

    seCUre ideNTity across borders LInKEd you get the idea.

  14. Matthew Joyce

    Shades of Dodgson...

    Sticking to appalling acronymns using random letters, I personally would have seen it as Secure ideNtity Across boRders linKed - SNARK. However, when examined the actual system in use will undoubtedly be Borders Open for Obfuscation, Just Under Microsoft. A boojum if I ever saw one.

  15. Slaine

    pmsl JonB

    secuRE ideNTity across BOrders lInked... for the neds ;)

    secure identity acROss (B)BordERS linked... for tax payers

    secure idenTITy across borders linked... for Paris

  16. Slaine

    although ...

    ...would it not be fairer to give it a truly descriptive acronym; you know, something that actually describes what actually going on rather than just slinging a couple of soundbytes together and trying to pull some meaning out of it in the same way as a magician pulls a rabbit out of a hat. Round of applause? I thought not.

    I suggest: Tracking Untested Random Data.

    or possibly: Global Observations Built on Suitably Haphazard Information Technology.

  17. Steven Hewittt

    That's it....

    Nothing else for it, I can't take no more. I'm going to have to go out an get seriously

    seCUre ideNTity across borders lInkED

  18. Paul Buxton


    Surely they mean Stalk!!!

  19. Eurydice Sophie Exintaris
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    Good initiative.

    Annoyed that Greece hasn't joined the bandwagon!!

    We had a huge issue in 1998 with our current (huge, handwritten) ID cards having a field for the religion and whether that should be filled in... UGH

    I just wish they'd join in and get up to speed in IT in this century. When signing up for the equivalent of an NI number, my details were handwritten in a huge sellotape-mended registry book... Think church-kept records in the 17th century...

    (I _am_ cringing as I write this... from shame... I wish I could teach them about IT!)

  20. Eddie

    It is a depressing acronym

    Why not sable?

    Secure id Across Borders Linked (e) - makes sense to me....

    I still wonder if IBM's acronym for systems that cannot pass soak runs - Failed Under Continuous Test (work it out for yourselves, sheesh....) - is true or apocryphal

    The one with the alphabet on the back please....

  21. Avalanche

    Not about ID cards

    As far as I know, this is not about ID cards, but about online identity schemes such as the Dutch DigID service, which provides a single sign-on scheme for national and local governments. In the case of DigID this consists of a (self-chosen) loginname, a password and (optionally) authorization SMS-codes.

    The ID is that if I work or live in another EU country, I can use my Dutch DigID to get access to online government services of that country.

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  23. Mark Flingstone
    Dead Vulture

    if accessibility comes to mind

    google "rfid skimming".

    Oh, no, sorry, I forgot the easy way: get two people that "know" who you are (or pretend to be), go to the nearest office, declare who you "are", sign all the paperwork and a freshly-minted ID is in your hands.

    Homework for the amazed reader: state the country name where this is possible.

    (prize list available on request)

  24. Nick


    Secure idenTity acrOSS bordERS linked?

    And dont call me Shirley.

  25. Anonymous Coward
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    Paranoid oldies...

    Here in Estonia we have working ID cards for over 6 years now, makes life so much more easier.

  26. Anonymous Coward
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    Secure iDentity acrOss boRders linKed, or DORK

    "..We don't need no stinkin' badges.."

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