IT'S INEVITABLE that some pretty weird stuff is going to come out of the woodwork as we move closer to the EU referendum on whether to leave or remain as part of the super fun money club of nations.
We're not taking sides here and, while this might seem like a Brexity story, we want to make it clear that, for once, we're not going to pass opinion at all.
Right, with that out of the way, a report from Softpedia has uncovered what appears to be a plan to make EU citizens log-on to the net using their EU ID card.
The European Commission report, entitled Online Platforms and the Digital Single Market Opportunities and Challenges, contains a passage which Softpedia said is designed to stem the flood of fake reviews posted on websites such as TripAdvisor.
The passage in question reads: "It is recognised that a multitude of username and password combinations is inconvenient and a security risk. In order to keep identification simple and secure, consumers should be able to choose the credentials by which they want to identify or authenticate themselves.
"In particular, online platforms should accept credentials issued or recognised by national public authorities, such as electronic or mobile IDs, national identity cards or bank cards."
Let's face it. It won't happen. In or out, there'd be riots. What's interesting, though, is that despite of all the evils in the world - child pornography, cyber crime, the dark web and most YouTube celebrities - it's the matter of online reviews that has been the clincher.
The idea would need a lot of fleshing out to even be considered, which the EC has acknowledged, but similar schemes have been tried before and sank without trace. That said, there's probably a system like it in North Korea. We just don't know.
Better hold back from saying anything else on that, or we risk having an opinion.
The UK government passed emergency legislation to extend the period for registering to vote in the 23 June referendum after computer borkage caused by too many visitors. Because government. µ
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