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Re: [opensuse] Off-Topic: sending details (in)securely via email
On 01/06/16 22:52, Aaron Digulla wrote:
First, find out if you're even allowed to make a color scan of your
passport. Some countries, Germany for example, treat passports and IDs
like money: Making a color copy of them is legally considered
counterfeiting. If the police finds out, they are obliged to come after
you (I'm not sure of the actual legal terms) and you'll face at least a

The same can happen if the receiving part doesn't take care of this
sensitive data; for example when all hotel employees have access to a
room where passport photocopies are kept in an open tray. Many countries
demand that copies must be kept closed, destroyed as soon as possible.
In Germany, you can even black out parts of the copy which aren't
strictly necessary to identify you (like your religion and the like).

B&W scans might be safe.

To transmit via email, put the image into an archive and encrypt the
archive with AES and use a good password. Tell the company the password
by phone.

Related links:

Diversionary tangent: When I first got hold of a multifunction printer, I tested scanning and direct printing (using only the device not the computer) a UK ten pound note, merely for my own curiosity and as a first test of how well the unit performed. The result was remarkably good for a 2003 model device. Had I used the right form of paper, managed to pull off printing it double-sided and perfectly lined up, and possibly fathomed out some kind of fake watermarking / metal insertion, I could have made a small fortune (ten pounds, to be precise).

The strange thing about it was (and this only serves to strengthen my occasional mind forays into semi-delusional beliefs that my every move is being monitored), later that same day I nipped up to the local mini-mart to buy something. The ten pound forgery rested at home on the printer. I paid with a regular, real ten pound note and the young trendy guy at the checkout, who I'd never encountered previously but who was in a buoyant mood that afternoon, checked it against the light, then went on a strange chuckling monologue about how modern domestic multifunction printers were so good at creating believable forgeries, terminating his patter with a question asking me if I'd ever tried it myself?

It's the only occasion anybody has ever entered into such a conversation with me. One for my book of strange coincidences...

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