Russia To Adopt Universal ID Card in 2012

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Russian Universal ID

2012 will be the year of universal ID cards in Russia.

For all those conspiracy theorists out there, 2012 just got a little more ominous. As required by legislation passed this last summer, Russia will adopt a universal ID card starting next year. The Universal Electronic Card (UEC) is intended to eventually replace all local, regional, and national forms of ID, providing a central database through which Russians can access everything from medical insurance to ATMs. According to the official website, the UEC will be adopted by around 1000 national and regional services along with about 10,000 commercial enterprises. The mayor of Moscow has already declared it will be able to handle public transportation there, and we can expect similar adoptions throughout the nation. Will all Russians be carrying a single form of ID that is their only passport to all public and private services? Looks like it. A similar project has started in India, and there are experiments for related concepts in Mexico. Universal ID is starting to catch on around the globe. Where will it spread to next?

Ostensibly, the UEC is designed to push the Russian ID system into the 21st century. Not only is the card to provide a way for citizens to easily make electronic purchases (in person and online) it is supposed to cut down on fraud. While it doesn’t seem to include any biometrics, the card has other security measures. All information (whether for public or commercial use) will be stored in a database, not on the card. The UEC will have a number, a ‘passcode’, that points the user to the appropriate record in the database. It’s unclear what kind of readers (RF, magnetic strip, etc) will be able to access the UEC, but the site says that at least one (perhaps the only one ) will be contactless. For financial transactions users will be able to set predefined limits so that the card can only withdraw a restricted amount of funds over a period of time. Each use of the UEC will require the entry of a personal identification number, and get this, everyone will be granted a fake PIN as well! If someone is coercing you into using your UEC, then enter the fake PIN. Authorities will be notified surreptitiously while the transaction appears to be continuing regularly. I’m sure we can think of a dozen ways to get around that, but still, pretty cloak and dagger there, Russia.

Russian Universal ID examples

Examples of how the UEC will work. Translations welcome.

Starting in 2012, Russians will be able to carry the UEC and start connecting it to their bank accounts, credit cards, bus passes, etc. Due to the legal mandate most of the businesses and all of the local/regional/national services will be required to accept it. Convenient, yes. Potentially disastrous? Maybe so, but Russia’s not going to be alone in this. India is adopting a universal ID for national identity, and is going to encourage public institutions and commercial enterprises to accept it. That UID, however, will contain some pretty thorough biometrics. Programs in Mexico (powered by a company in the US) will experiment with iris-based identification for public and commercial purposes, albeit on a smaller scale. Universal ID, especially those with advanced security features, seem to be a rising trend on the global stage.

There are some real benefits here. Convenience, certainly. Many Russians simply don’t have a way to make a secure purchase online, and their public system is a warren of overlapping ID cards that require an equally tangled bureaucracy. Properly set up, a UID tied into bank accounts could help you keep track of purchases and manage finances with greater accuracy. Security could also improve, but I think that any such system (even those that employ biometrics) are at best a short step ahead of criminal ingenuity.

I don’t think you have to be a conspiracy nut to notice the dangers either. With a single ID, agencies will be able to track personal activity more precisely. That could mean catching terrorists through financial detective work, but it could also mean a large scale invasion of privacy. Not sure if this is just old Cold War prejudice talking here, but I think Russia’s reputation makes that possibility seem likely.

In any case, whether or not Russia’s UEC proves to be a boon or bane to its citizens, it is certainly coming. And soon. The more often we see universal ID adoption, the more I believe that some form of that technology is going to spread to every industrialized nation around the world. Government or private issue, service or commercial orientated, biometrically enhanced or not – UID is on the rise. Whatever problems or advantages that may cause, we best prepare for them now.

[image credits: UECard.ru]
[source: UECard.ru (Google Translated to English here)]

Discussion — 32 Responses

  • Stepan Zastupov January 18, 2011 on 6:16 pm

    Here is the translated slide: http://img11.imageshack.us/img11/2126/russianuniversalidexamp.jpg
    Nothing interesting actually.
    Here (in Russia) we have mandatory registration (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propiska#Modern_usage) and sometimes it’s pain in the ass. Besides, we have mandatory military service! And this is much more PITA. So I don’t expect anything good from UEC without getting rid of this crap.

  • Anonymous January 18, 2011 on 7:43 pm

    Biometrics will make uid the perfect solution in the next 10yrs. Once we’re living all digital and computers are thousands times faster, it will be a no brainer (literally).

  • Jonnyshocko January 19, 2011 on 5:50 pm

    Mark of the beast.

  • BeyondDr3amsProductions January 19, 2011 on 9:16 pm

    no, youtube walid shoebat to learn what the mark is.

  • Nick January 19, 2011 on 9:24 pm

    :-)

  • Pervych January 25, 2011 on 1:35 am

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  • bsmsnudge January 25, 2011 on 1:38 am

    Once a bunch of commies, always a bunch of commies.

    • Dubya bsmsnudge January 25, 2011 on 1:33 pm

      say hello from me to cia, mossad and bnd you work for

      • bsmsnudge Dubya January 26, 2011 on 8:00 pm

        Keep taking the meds

  • Mr Angry January 27, 2011 on 3:21 pm

    Ask the Brits why they recently rejected an ID card system. If you want to live in a modern police state, the universal ID card is an excellent starting point.

    • ALDCAMPER Mr Angry January 31, 2011 on 2:11 am

      MR ANGRY IS DAMN RIGHT JUST WATCH 1984.

  • Anonymous January 29, 2011 on 4:24 pm

    As an excellent website commented about this piece of drivel : “It’s somewhat funny that articles like this mock conspiracy theorists and then go on to report that what some of them have been saying for years is now actually occurring.”

    Yes, we can see that everywhere around, these days. Utter denial of obvious trends that nobody in the media, save for “conspiracy theorists”, have been warning about for a long time… Of course, your analysis could be 100% based on proven facts and documents, that you would still be a dirty “conspiracy theorist”. See, the very act of thinking (backed by evidence, but who cares about evidence nowadays ?) that there’s an international collusion for control in the higher echelons of governments and corporations, makes you a “conspiracy theorist”. That would be funny, if this slavish attitude was not so thoroughly pathetic…

    Thanks, Aaron Saenz.

    • Equalizer777 January 30, 2011 on 1:53 pm

      What I experienced underground was not theory, conspiracy has always been with us since we know who is the prince of the air. Yes there is a superluminal fleet & much more. To sustain the reign of this prince of the air by one wrld govt. using technology & wealth against humanity, is not freedom, it is the mark. Not enough know we are spiritual superbeings intended to live long lives. It is within us to overcome. See youtube; Dr.BillDeagle-projectcamelot,”If you can’t see — ——, turn the lights on”. Also energetics, bioenergetics, psycoenergetics. Scalar frequencies to cure, control or kill. HAARP, GWEN, chenier.com. New level of electromagnetic plasma enviro by aerosol ops. See carnicom.com, tetrahedron.com & david sereda, Phil Schneider. UN Agenda 21, cap & trade/governance of green over people. They cause the disaster & the people lose more freedom.