Dubai: national ID card mandatory when visiting DMV

The rule that every transaction at Dubai DMV has to be accompanied by national ID card is over a year old. It has not been strictly enforced though due to delays at EIDA centers making many residents unable to get new id card promptly. The policy is going to apply stricly without exceptions by mid 2012. Abu Dhabi reapplied similar policy just recenlty and only exception is a EIDA registration document proving that application for national identification card is being processed.

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Sharjah: national ID card required for visa renewal

Effective December 1st all expatriates seeking visa renewal in Sharjah need to obtain national ID card first. As in other emirates ID card registration centers will be linked with Preventive Medicine Centres which cunduct visa medical screenings. Nine participating centers are Ghubaiba, Nasiriyah, Kalba, Sharjah Industrial Area, Khor Fakkan, Al Dhaid, Dibba Al Hosn, Hamriyah Free Zone and Free Zone in Sharjah International Airport. Procedure is also similar as in other emirates. After completing pre-registration form an applicant goes to accredited centre on date set by appointment during pre-registration. At a medical center tests are performed, upon completion the registration office captures fingerprints and photograph.
All Sharjah residents need to apply for national identification document by the of January 2012. As in other emirates fines apply to those who fail to register within the deadline however children under 15 follow ammended deadline of October 31st 2012.

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WI: id badge from tech college good for voting

Wisconsin Government Accountability Board decided on Wednesday to change its previous decision and allow Mid-State Technical College students to use school photo id cards as form of identification during elections. Previous decision of the board interpet the voting bill as excluding technical school ids from the pool of valid means of identification for election. The board voted unanimously to reverse the decision. The college IDs will have to be replaced to be election bill compliant though. Currently most Wisconsin schools issue ID cards valid for 4 years while the election law has 2 years expiration cap for college identification documents.
At the same meeting state board declined to reconsider previous decision on stickers and labels applied to students id cards. In September the board decided that labels on the ID card does not void its validity for election purposes. The decision raised some controversy and caused appeal submission.

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CA: fake ID card maker arrested

Couple of young men were arrested in Isla Vista, CA earlier this week for making fake id cards. Main suspect Kotarou Maruyama was found to posses several forged California Driver’s licenses. During a search conducted in his residence more fake id cards were found as well as card manufacturing equipment such scanners, computers, printers and card embossers (used for example to press text on credit cards); sheriff’s personel also found illegal substances such cocaine, marijuana and steroids. Maruyama flatmates were also found to posses illegal identification documents. Murayama was charged for forging driver’s license, counterfeiting seal of state of California, fraud, possesion and sales of fake identification cards and possesion of illegal substances. His roommates, Camden Hersherberger, Yuujirou Marujama and Anthony Ugas were charged for posession of illegal substances and fraudulent ID card. All suspects are students of Santa Barbara City College.

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Milwakee: journalist arrested despite the id badge

Kristyna Wentz-Graff was handcuffed and taken into custody when covering protest rally.The protest march took places last Wednesday and was linked with Occupy Wall Street movement. The journalist and 2 students were arrested after failing to follow police calls to stay off the street according to statement made by Milwaukee Police Spokeswoman Anne Schwartz. Journal Sentinel (Milwakee daily newspaper Wentz-Graff works for) Editor Martin Kaiser contradicted police statement saying the photographer stayed off the street, was not part of the protest and was wearing press photo identification badge clearly displayed. The protest turnout was rather small, up to 50 people despite the efforts to encourage Univeristy of Wisconsin students to join.
Wentz-Graff was released later same day and no charges were set, she was also not provided with reason for the arrest. The incidedent raised the issue of Milwakee police overdoing their job and preventing media from covering important events. Another journalist Clint Fillinger was arrested in September when covering house fire. Police Chief Edward Flynn promised to meet with media representatives and go over policies.
The whole story seems blown out of proportions to me. Arrest footage available on Youtube shows the handcuffing on the street and not on the pavement which suggests the photographer ignored or hasn’t heard the warnings. In this case she might have been arrested for her own safety and doesn’t really matter if she was protester or journalist. Interestingly police says they only figured she was a journalist after arriving at the station. I can see the badge on the video but it’s not particularly flashy and the fact that it’s worn on the neck strap might have caused the id badge to turn over and show reverse side. In case they want my advise I’d say wear the badge on the arm strap so it can be visible even when you have cameras hanging off your neck and it cannot turn to reverse side on its own; also make sure that it’s flashy or at least the word ‘PRESS’ is printed in large font so it doesn’t look like a ski pass.

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Chicago: fake cops flashing ID badges

Numerous incidents have been reported in Chicago area about unknown men posing as undercover police investigators. During one of the incidents impostors walked into Dorothy Martorano house without knocking and flashed a badge only after spotted by the house residents. They said there was burglary going on in the garage and wanted to search rest of the house for burglars. When Martorano called 911 growing her suspicions impostors promptly left the property. Fake cops worn clothes that prevented recognition such baseball hats and hoodies so there is no detailed suspects desription available. Phony cops also had police style radios. They fled the scene using dark red SUV or navy blue Chrysler Town and County minivan. It’s unclear at this point if any property loss has occured during the incidents.
Chicago Police Department advises that every police officer must carry photo id card and 5 point star badge. Asking a policeman for credentials is not considered resistance. Crime tips for this case can be submited by calling 911

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Navajo ID card test run

After close to 10 years of preparations Navajo Nation will issue 100 test photo ID cards to its randomly selected members. The new ID card is expected to replace the green paper based Certificates of Indian Blood which were easier to forge and misuse due to missing photo. New identification document will contain holder’s photo, name , date of birth and Certificate of Indian Blood number; the validity is set to 4 years and the layout is vertical. In order to be qualified as Navajo Citizen an individual must have at least quarter of Navajo quantum blood and ba able to trace relationship to a tribe member from Indian Census roll 1884-1940. Many members of the tribe are missing identification as well as supporting documents to get one such birth certificates so there is quite a bit of work ahead of the rangers.
New Identification card should improve security and usablity of tribe documents. It should be helpful tracking medical history in health care facilities and also allow to board a plane after Department of Homeland Security approves it for travel. DHS has recently approved another tribe ID for travel but it may take over a year for for Navajo ID card to become valid for travel.
Navajo Nation is estimated to have over 300,000 members; 40,000 card is expected to be issued within first year.

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student arrested for forging college id cards

20 years old student was arrested last week in Walla Walla, Washington with charges of second-degree identity theft and second-degree burglary. Simon Van Neste is a student at Whitman College. His arrest followed an alert from college monitoring system about an attempt to breach security. During the investigation the student turned in 13 magnetic stipe cards and magnetic encoder. He was using forged cards to gain access to secured areas of the college campus. President George Bridges said in email to students that so far there is no evidence that Van Neste was able to get access to confidential or private information.
Magnetic swipe cards are known for rather weak security. Low capacity of magnetic data carrier prevents data encryption in most cases. That’s why use of magnetic stipe cards is often accompanied by additional authentication or authorization such PIN or signature in debit and credit card transactions. Unprotected data can be read in matter of seconds with a portable magnetic stip reader. Magnetic encoders are also inexpensive and easy to obtain. Sensitive, confidential and private data should be protected with higher security level infrastructure than magnetic stip id card where data is unprotected.

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tricky student photo ID debit cards

Colleges and universities accross the nation team up with banks to combine student identification with debit card. Sounds like a great idea on the first glance? it certainly does but when it comes to money and sharing personal data caution is always advised. Let’s check the story of Mark Bechtol, student of Catawba Valley Community College in North Carolina. According to his facebook page he was forced to obtain Master Card branded debit card from a Connecticut based financial institution called Higher One which is affilited with the college. Mark felt that right after filing application for the card he started to receive credit card offers spam. Raged by the fact that his personal information were shared with other financial institutions he encouraged on his FB page to regiter college domain with porn sites and send viruses to college addresses. This action resulted in banning the student from the college campus. After Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) appeal and Mark’s promise to publicly express his regret for his “poor choice of words” the ban was lifted and he can continue attending the classes.
Another major complaint against Higher One and other college affiliated financial firms are the fees. Whole spectum of fees can be found in this section, usage fee, lack of usage fee and many others. Higher One earned a FB page called ‘Ignore the Higher One debit card offer’ which shows the range of fee problem. Banks are not charities and cards run on fees and interest however transparency should be set as high priority.
When an educational instution endorses a debit or credit issuer to the campus it should be a result of deep research and agreement between college administration and students community. Research might be a trouble? I don’t think so, get students community involved and you’ll see.

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fingerprint on China ID card

Newly proposed legislation requires fingerprint data to be stored on Resident Identity Cards. In China every citizen age 16 and older is required to have a national photo ID card. By adding additional security to the document law makers expect range of services accessible with the card to expand to areas like banking, public transportation and health care.
Since 2004 China’s Public Security Bureau (PSB) has been issuing second generation id card with data stored on digital chip. Older cards, called 1st generation ID, introduced in 1985 will remain valid thru 2013. It’s estimate that less that 5% of the population still use first generation cards.
Second generation card chips have enough free space to hold additonal data related to fingerprint digital image. This way over 1 billion cards already issued would not have to be replaced but rather additional data would be added.
Aside from expanded functionality the new document will naturally add security as finger prints are unique.

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