Thursday, February 9, 2006

A step against identity theft in Korea

Starting in 2008, the Korean government will be issuing new Republic of Korea Identity Cards (신분증 or 주민등록증) that do not include the unique thirteen-digit identification number (주민번호) that is based on one's birthdate and gender.

This type of information is prominently displayed on the current cards and could easily be picked up by an identity thief posing as a passerby. The information could then be used to obtain goods, services, or even money based on fraudulent use of the number.

I wonder when and if the Korean Immigration Service will make such a change with the Alien Registration Card and the Driver License Bureau will do the same with driver's licenses.

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