Although if they’re using a public key directory for passports (and storing all the data on the passport itself) why are we getting sold an ID card scheme based on a giant central database again?
There was once a far away land called Ruritania, and in Ruritania there was a strange phenonmenon — all the trees that grew in Ruritainia were transparent. Now, in the days when people had lived in mud huts, this had not been a problem, but now high-tech wood technology had been developed, and in the new age of wood, everyone in Ruritania found that their homes were all 100% see through. Now, until this point, no one ever thought of allowing the police to spy on someone’s home, but the new technology made this tempting. This being a civilized country, however, warrants were required to use binoculars and watch someone in their home. The police, taking advantage of this, would get warrants to use binoculars and peer in to see what was going on. Occassionally, they would use binoculars without a warrant, but everyone pretended that this didn’t happen.
Ahh those wacky Cypherpunks, its an old one 1993 but I’ve not seen it before.