[GTALUG] Big banks and telcos backing digital identity supercluster bid | IT World Canada News

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Sat Sep 23 00:20:17 EDT 2017

On Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:37:53 -0400
David Collier-Brown via talk <talk at gtalug.org> wrote:
> On 22/09/17 02:40 PM, James Knott via talk wrote:
> > I wonder if they'll provide X.509 certificates for individuals.
> > While many people use them (and some use PGP/GPG) the big issue for
> > so many is convenience.  In companies that use a directory server,
> > it's a simple matter to get the certificates for anyone else in the
> > company, making it real easy to send encrypted email.  Otherwise,
> > you have to arrange for certs on your own and then send a signed
> > message, so that the other person can send you an encrypted email.
> > Of course, many people haven't even heard of email encryption.  A
> > few years ago, CIBC was offering X.509 certificates for customers,
> > but I believe they could only be used for banking business, such as
> > applying for loans etc.  I don't know if they're still doing it.  
> I would rather have a separate certificate for each supplier: One
> might be (dave & bank X), another (joyce and dave & bank x) and a
> third be (dave & credit-card-company Z).
> Having a single proof of identity poses a problem when you have to 
> revoke it because you used it for (dave & scammer W)
> --dave
agreed, and...

there are positives for everyone, but there are many reasons this
has never really taken off much... (the tech is decades old) but the
world (and societies) seem to be changing... (the usa seemingly
the quickest of all, maybe ca also...)

there are, as there has always been, a lot more negatives for
individuals than there are negatives for large telco's, banks and govs 


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