On 2016-06-02 02:41, gumb wrote:
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
I never heard of that. But I'm not German.
> 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).
Well, Spain has a data protection agency, so maybe we have this part at
least. But I don't know what the actual regulations are.
> B&W scans might be safe.
Not a bad idea. If one sends a B&W copy they can't easily forge the ID.
> 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.
How would one encrypt with AES? :-?
And it has to be doable both in Linux and Windows. Oh, and Macs. And
perhaps Android. The file has to be usable on all systems.
Diversionary tangent: When I first got hold of a
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...
You know the 500€ bill? Here in Spain they are called "bin ladens"
because every body knows they exist, but nobody has seen them.
Well, once I managed to handle one.
Of course I scanned it! X'-)
I don't expect to see another in my life. Inflation not allowing. I want
to remember how it was, having one in my hands.
But the EU has decided not to print anymore of those. They are very much
used for illegal transfers (specially in Spain!).
I don't know what's the biggest pound note in use :-?
Cheers / Saludos,
Carlos E. R.
(from 13.1 x86_64 "Bottle" at Telcontar)