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7. Citizenship, legal status, and proof of identity

identity as a legal conceptlocked

  • Florian Coulmas


‘Citizenship, legal status, and proof of identity: identity as a legal concept’ explains that individual identity is the cornerstone of the rule of law and the relation of state and citizen. In law, it has to do with that which makes a person (or thing) distinct from any other person (or thing). It means that a subject is the same as it claims, or is charged, to be. The digital turn has added a new aspect to our legal identity, and protecting us against identity theft is a new obligation of the state, while we have no choice but to learn to protect ourselves against profit-seeking corporations, on the one hand, and a surveillance state, on the other.

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