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In the IRMA (I Reveal My Attributes) project we are working to make attribute based credentials practical. IRMA provides very efficient implementations of such credentials on (contactless) smart cards. This allows us to use the smart card as a secure and portable container for these credentials. One of the things we have been looking at is possible use cases. Last week I discussed how the IRMA card can be used to stop the resale of event tickets. In this blog post I will discuss an almost trivial application: proving age bounds.

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I recently learnt that the new German identity card (or nPA for neuer Personalausweis has security, privacy and usability problems. This was brought to my attention during a number of discussions with experts, as well as a recent publication by a group of researcher from Frauenhofer SIT. The findings have been verified against the official documentation. The issues concern the eID application on the card that is to be used for authentication on the Internet (and not the electronic passport functionality that is also present on the same card).

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