Reply to post: "ID cards un Europe are not as compulsory as you think they are."

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"ID cards un Europe are not as compulsory as you think they are."

They may not be compulsory - but in many countries, because not everybody has a driving licenses or a passport (especially the latter) - and you are still required an ID in many situations (i.e. to get a a utility contract...), and you need to prove your identity to police when stopped (including checks at airports for internal flights), the simpler and cheaper way is to get an ID card - it's very rare to see someone without even if its' not compulsory.

We are also issued a smartcard already (needed to access health services, for examples) which also holds a private/public key pair. I can use it to authenticate to several services...

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