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Re: [CAcert-Policy] Brainstorming Session on Names

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  • From: Bernhard Froehlich <ted AT>
  • To: Policy-Discussion <cacert-policy AT>
  • Subject: Re: [CAcert-Policy] Brainstorming Session on Names
  • Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2007 21:31:31 +0200
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Iang schrieb:
A quick straw poll: Who here has One Perfect Single Name on all documents, and who here has more than one?

I have two, the variation being the middle initial.

So, as a general principle, it would seem that people can
have more than one valid name?  Have we established that?

(It may be that we establish a principle ... to find that the code and assurance systems can't deal with ... but that's ok, get the principles established first.)

Then we have the issue that if I have multiple names, and I
"decide" to add another one, does the assurance process have
to catch up?

It might seem that each *name* should be assured, at least to the minimum level, before being offered as an option for a cert?

In Assurance Statement terms, this might say that the Name(s) of the Individual have been Assured to a Level.

To handle different names I'd propose that CAcert's statement should be "If the name Joe Cool is included in a certificate the owner has provided at least one good document proving that he is Joe Cool"? This does not exclude that he is also called "Joe Very Cool" or "Joseph Cook" on other documents.

Thinking a bit further along the way: If someone has documents for different names s/he could always create two CAcert accounts, go to one assurer and get one name assured, then go to another and get the other one assured. So why shouldn't we allow different names for one account? Of course each name would have to be assured.

But this still leaves the problems of different transliterations. Just note that I created my account on "Bernhard Froehlich" (because of bad experiences with PGP) and got it assured, though my ID says I'm "BERNHARD ANDREAS FRÖHLICH"... Should I file a dispute now?

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