Iran's New Smart Card For Internet Monitoring

Nov 22, 2012 | comments


Iran's Government introduces a biometric Smart card for monitoring there citizens and  opposition on the Internet., which will serve as the access map to the Web. Without registration of "Smart card", the Internet for citizens remains closed .

Early next year is the "smart card" issued in a pilot project in the province of Qom citizens should receive five years all Iranians aged 15 and over the digital card. The identification should be carried out by a combination of the fingerprint and personal information stored on the card and encrypted, the online with a central database will be matched.

One of the models for the "smart-card" is the card that will be issued by the Immigration Department in Singapore upon request to regular visitors. This also works with fingerprints, is used only to uniquely identify persons at the entry and exit. Also the German identity card provides the opportunity to identify themselves clearly in the Internet and online to do such authorities - on request.

The Iranian card applications are significantly more far-reaching project leader Ebrahim said at the presentation. Not only in their entry and exit, but also in shops on the Internet, the use of the online presence of the authorities at eHealth applications and distribution of subsidized commodities such as gasoline the Iranians must identify themselves electronically in the future.

"As a key", so the State news agency IRNA, the new "smart-card" format to allow Iranian citizens entry into the digital world, "counterfeit-proof and with unique identification possibilities".
But just like a key can the new card not only open doors, but also close. The Iranian regime repeatedly announced to introduce a national "halal closed intranet" that allows access only to pages perfect according to Iranian Islamic law. Until the end of September the British "guardian" reported that researchers from the University of Pennsylvania were encountered a working test version of the "halal" network. Should Tehran fulfill his vision, it could demand from the citizens to identify themselves in any online use with a new map.

Since January 18, Iranian Internet cafés must store six months name, address and telephone number of the user as well as the IP address and all sites visited. Currently the scheme bypasses still relatively easily with help of false personal data. With the new "smart card" that would be impossible. Also, data could be recorded electronically centrally, the access to those users would be much easier. So one of the biggest advantages of the new card is the protection against "Identity theft" according to IRNA.

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