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Google's 'ID Validation' Is a Joke, But Not Funny 211

Posted by timothy
from the your-voice-is-your-password-so-yell dept.
An anonymous reader writes "I was curious about the whole profile reporting and ID validation process on Google+ so I decided to do a little experimental work to find out just what is involved. Answer: very little which could be called rigor." Tease: this story involves a form of I.D. only slightly less funny than the 409-eater with a passport in the name of James Tiberius Kirk.
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Google's 'ID Validation' Is a Joke, But Not Funny

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  • ...fixed that for you.
  • Account verification (Score:5, Informative)

    by CharlyFoxtrot (1607527) on Thursday August 11, 2011 @07:40PM (#37063800)

    Doing this kind of thing is a breeze in Belgium. Everyone has an ID card with chip containing a couple of certificates on it. A site can use these to validate you say who you say you are by checking through a government server. Ebay does account verification [certipost.be] in this way. Quick, painless.

    • by ColdWetDog (752185) on Thursday August 11, 2011 @07:47PM (#37063854) Homepage

      Doing this kind of thing is a breeze in Belgium. Everyone has an ID card with chip containing a couple of certificates on it. A site can use these to validate you say who you say you are by checking through a government server. Ebay does account verification [certipost.be] in this way. Quick, painless.

      Why that's communist! We would never do that here!

      Why do you hate America?

      • by CharlyFoxtrot (1607527) on Thursday August 11, 2011 @07:53PM (#37063912)

        Why do you hate America?

        Because of your freedoms, obviously ;-)

      • In the past, you wouldn't have had to explain to the people here why allowing the government to require everyone to carry "papers" was a good idea in the short term, but a bad idea in the long term.

        Now 80 percent of /. is just a bunch of script kiddies who think opposition to this kind of thing is rooted in religious crackpottery, or imaginary straw men who just think everything from Europe is communist.

        I mean, gosh, Washington, Madison, Jefferson -- How could those guys not understand how much better life

        • In the past, you wouldn't have had to explain to the people here why allowing the government to require everyone to carry "papers" was a good idea in the short term, but a bad idea in the long term.

          I am one of those kids that dont understand this (neither about why it is better in short term nor whey bad idea in long term). Someone care to explain?

          • I am one of those kids that dont understand this (neither about why it is better in short term nor whey bad idea in long term). Someone care to explain?

            I nominate Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay [foundingfathers.info].

            Or, for an outsider's perspective, de Tocqueville [virginia.edu].

            - aj

          • by Altrag (195300)

            Effectively, it removes privacy in the long term. Once its been around long enough that it stops being a "convenience" and starts being a "requirement" that you have some form of ID, you can then be tracked with relative ease.

            And that's generally considered a bad thing. The old "nothing to hide" argument against unrestricted privacy invasion is stupid -- everyone has something that they'll eventually need to hide from someone else. Whether its a religious belief, their political preferences, their porn s

            • Here in PT we also have a card with certificates provided by the govt, but each service (Social Security, National Health Service, etc) has its own ID number and database. It's forbidden by our constitution - which was written after the military coup against the fascist govt - to create a centralized ID/database.

              Personally, I don't really have a problem with e.g. banks and similar organizations from requiring government ID, but a social network? It's completely abusive.

          • One simple reason is that a strong centralised identity system makes identity theft easy. Now an attacker just needs to compromise one (supplied to the government by the lowest bidder) system and they can pretend to be you in any context. There are other reasons related to civil liberties, such as erosion of anonymity, which is a requirement for truly free speech (ask those terrorists who tried to overthrow the lawful British government in the North American colonies a couple of hundred years ago).
    • by Nikademus (631739) *

      The whole thing is pretty broken since you have no means to verify the root Belgian certificate (self signed) you are downloading.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 11, 2011 @08:08PM (#37064048)

    before enticing them into clicking on a link that's actually a 50-page pdf with (potentially underage) pornography and a photo of an open leg wound in it by mentioning Captain Kirk?

  • by IonOtter (629215) on Thursday August 11, 2011 @08:11PM (#37064076) Homepage

    If you're at work, DO NOT CLICK on that link to 419eater!

    It is funny, yes, but it has several pornographic and at least one medically disturbing/disgusting image.

    Save it for viewing at home.

  • Psssh...dude, it's Google. They're not evil or anything...

  • They should use Jean Luc Picard because everybody knows that the world is full of stupid people [youtube.com]

  • by Compaqt (1758360) on Thursday August 11, 2011 @11:41PM (#37065088) Homepage

    GIMP works! Eat that, Photoshoppers.

    "I was able to get an account with no particular infringing information or activity suspended by providing a GIMP'ed version of the McLovin ID from Superbad."

  • the reason why the driver license worked is because Google is using India and china to process our information. I have already had to deal with these guys on some other issues and was surprised to find out Google outsourced that much. What I find interesting is that Google is still using Chinese and that China is being allowed to learn that much about other nations. And by outsourcing this to foreign nations, you can see the results of this. I think that somebody from Mexico or Canada would do better and k
  • It was entertaining but the funny thing is the I knew the two girls with the guy taking a leak in high school. Small world.

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