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  •  On thing about the kennitala (6+ / 0-)

    that some might not like, is that the first six digits is your birthday. Since you pretty much can't avoid using it, it does make age discrimination a little bit too easy in my mind. Now, age discrimination is generally not against the law in most of Europe, so I guess that is not considered a big deal. Still, I think you should be able to keep your age private if you want to.

    In Sweden (to make a Nordic comparison) it's the same story, and you can also figure out a person's sex and roughly where they were born from their "personnummer".

    "A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul." - George Bernard Shaw

    by Drobin on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 06:46:21 AM PST

    •  Quite a fair point. (3+ / 0-)
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      There've been discussions about changing that, but then again, I've also had times when it's been useful (and times when it's been funny), so I have mixed feelings.  I mean, if you want to prevent discrimination from looking at a person's record of any type, in the US do you require peoples' names to be anonymized so that you can't guess at their racial background?  There's a lot more than just an age that's out there.

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