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Report/Study Privacy and Security Risks when Authenticating on the Internet with European eID Cards
Whenever we use internet services, the first steps we take are usually identification (we input our names) and authentication (we prove that it is us). How we actually identify and authenticate ourselves depends on the security level of the application. The means used can vary from a simple combination of username and password, through a secret PIN, to a PIN generated by some external device or a smart card using cryptography. Smart cards are being used increasingly for authentication purposes. Many European identity cards now contain a smart-card chip, equipped with functionalities for online authentication. They are usually called 'electronic identity cards' (eID cards). This report focuses on authentication using smart cards and compares this approach with other common means of authentication.
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Report/Study D source code Security Issues in the Context of Authentication Using Mobile Devices (Mobile eID)
Mobile devices, like smart phones and PDAs, will play an increasingly important role in the digital environment. However, the pervasive use of mobile devices also brings new security and privacy risks. Persons who make extensive use of mobile devices continuously leave traces of their identities and transactions, sometimes even by just carrying the devices around in their pockets. Throughout this paper we will look at different use-cases for electronic authentication using mobile devices. We will identify the security risks which need to be overcome, give an opinion about their relevance, and present mechanisms that help mitigate these risks.
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Report/Study Privacy Features of European eID Card Specifications
A national eID card is a gateway to personal information. Any unwanted disclosure of personal information constitutes a violation of the citizen’s privacy rights. Apart from considerations of fundamental rights, this is also a serious obstacle to the adoption of eID card schemes and to their cross-border interoperability. The aim of this paper is to allow easy comparison between privacy features offered by European eID card specifications and thereby to facilitate identification of best practice.
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