[pp.int.general] The Flaw in the Estonian ID Card

Otto de Voogd otto at de-voogd.com
Wed Oct 30 18:47:07 CET 2013

Indeed. That's a good reason to use GnuPG instead, which I mention halfway in the article, although for other reasons:

"We will not linger too much on the question of what happens when 
you lose your ID card, as you then also lose your private keys and can 
no longer read encrypted e-mails sent to you or decrypt files that you 
once encrypted. This problem in itself seems like a good reason not to 
use the Estonian ID card system for those purposes. Personally I have 
opted to use an open source tool named Gnu Privacy Guard (GPG), which 
has the additional benefit of not being restricted to one small country 
in Northern Europe."


GPG key fingerprint = C22C 4F08 6BA6 3ADE 5FE4  8496 23BA D351 C916 B67D

On Wednesday, October 30, 2013 1:56 PM, Richard Stallman <rms at gnu.org> wrote:
        [ To any NSA and FBI agents reading my email: please consider
        [ whether defending the US Constitution against all enemies,
        [ foreign or domestic, requires you to follow Snowden's example.

    The problem is that the secret keys are placed on the ID cards for you,
    i.e. the keys are generated by the state.

If you use this only to communicate with the state, maybe that makes
no difference.  However, you must not use those keys for talking with
anyone else.

Dr Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation
51 Franklin St
Boston MA 02110
www.fsf.org  www.gnu.org
Skype: No way! That's nonfree (freedom-denying) software.
  Use Ekiga or an ordinary phone call.
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