Saturday, 2004 July 3, 12:22 — tax+privacy

I could live with that

A is for Anonymous:

All Vespuccian citizens have the right to keep their biometric information (their photographs, fingerprints, retina prints, etc.) strictly apart from their financial information (their assets, debts, account numbers, etc.). A Vespuccian driver’s license has a photograph of its owner, an inscription certifying ‘this person is licensed to drive any automobile under such-and-such a weight’, and all the other usual accoutrements of driver’s licenses — but no name. . . . Vespuccian passports do have both photographs and names, but only because other countries refused to accept anonymous passports. In practice, those passports have whimsical names and improbable birthdays.

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