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Re: Keysigning without physically meeting ... thoughts?

On Wed, 1 Jun 2005 10:14:43 +0200
Wouter Verhelst <wouter@debian.org> wrote:

> On Wed, Jun 01, 2005 at 07:54:51AM +0200, Marc Haber wrote:
> > On Tue, 31 May 2005 14:13:54 -0600, "Wesley J. Landaker"
> > <wjl@icecavern.net> wrote:
> > >Right, but they have to get it notarized (or forge a notary's seal, which is 
> > >a criminal offense, at least in the US) which requires government ID 
> > >(again, at least in the US). 
> > 
> > The entire procedure is quite US centric. I don't understand why you
> > US guys are so fond of your notaries.
> A while ago, in an IRC discussion, it was revealed that a notary in the
> US doesn't mean as much as it does in Europe.
> AIUI, in the US, a notary is just some extra title a lot of secretaries
> have, so that they can make some documents more official.

That's wrong.  You take a non-trivial test, and be background checked.

The secretaries you are referring to are 99.9% of the time in law
offices and title-transfer companies.

For example, why see a lawyer, when all you need is an unbiased 
3rd party to certify that it was actually you who signed that 

Ron Johnson, Jr.
Jefferson, LA  USA
PGP Key ID 8834C06B I prefer encrypted mail.

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