FC: Thailand introduce digital ID-with-a-chip cards in April 2003

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Mon Nov 25 2002 - 20:17:40 PST

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    From: "Xeni Jardin" <xeniat_private>
    To: "Declan McCullagh" <declanat_private>
    Subject: Thailand to introduce Digital ID cards in April '03
    Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2002 10:32:08 -0800
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    Thailand to introduce Digital ID cards in April '03
    The Thai government will introduce the country's first digital ID card that
    includes a chip storing personal data by next April, according to a recent
    Bangkok post report. Plans include issuing the smart card to newborns and
    students, and widespread implementation is scheduled within 3-5 years.
    The smart card is expected to store information such as the card holder's
    name, address, date of birth, blood type and other vital medical
    information. RAB Director Surachai Srisarakham said government agencies
    would be able to select the information that would be stored. The card might
    also be integrated with an e-signature, a driving licence, job title,
    membership of any organisations or be used as an e-purse or e-passport in
    the future, he added.
    The RAB expects to set up a central server, separated from the central
    government database server, which would allow each government agency to
    select information to be stored in the card and update information.
    posted by Xeni Jardin at 08:25
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