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TED Talk: Identity without a name
Brisbane, Queensland
916 posts
Interesting talk about proving you are allowed to do whatever you are trying to do (ride the train, get in a bar, draw money out) without telling everyone everything about you.

The thing i found most amusing as at start where he asks why we have our names on our Credit Cards and Debit Cards. Apart from those old paper imprint things which nobody uses anymore, why does the cashier at the store need to know our name? And certainly, why does it need to be raised up on the card. Stupid legacy thoughts/technology. All the store cares about is the chip/strip and the PIN. I don't know about anyone else but i almost never sign anymore, always PIN.

Anyways, worth a watch i think.

11:58am 04/06/12 Permalink
11:58am 04/06/12 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
8898 posts
why does the cashier at the store need to know our name?

Its not for the cashiers benefit, its to convince you that you arent just a number.

12:27pm 04/06/12 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
9705 posts
It never really clicked for me what he was saying about using your real name on Facebook. I suspect it's just a case of old fart doesn't understand facebook.
12:42pm 04/06/12 Permalink
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
1052 posts
... why we have our names on our Credit Cards and Debit Cards...

Well you've never lost your wallet then... or been involved in a larger transaction.

When I used to work retail, if the transaction came even close to $1k I always asked for photo ID (which would also server as an additional confirmation to the signature).

After watching the OP, his 'psychic paper' concept is intriguing, but the infrastructure to make use of it, and the 'backend' to host all of the content and frameworks present a much bigger security problem than the manner in which it's managed currently.
12:44pm 04/06/12 Permalink
1944 posts
I get asked for ID regularly, here. And you cannot assume that imprint slider thingos are extinct. Uncommon, yes, but if you're in the middle of nowhere and have no cash, nor access to an ATM, you'll need a card with raised lettering.

It's only old fashioned if your world is small.
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