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Re: Keysigning without physically meeting ... thoughts?

On Wed, Jun 01, 2005 at 05:48:46AM -0500, Ron Johnson wrote:
> 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 
> document?

Oooooh! That explains so much.

I was told to get a notarised form for a domain transfer before the domain
registrar would release it. I ended up losing the domain (>_<) because I
discovered that to find a notary in Australia, you have to go to a US Embassy.

What you describe above sounds like what we call a Justice of the Peace...
(Although we don't just get them in law offices, you find them all over the
place. I think most states here have an online list of JPs who can witness
things for you.)

Paul "TBBle" Hampson, MCSE
8th year CompSci/Asian Studies student, ANU
The Boss, Bubblesworth Pty Ltd (ABN: 51 095 284 361)

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