Right to Disappear

The Right to Disappear

The Right to Disappear is not a joke, it’s actually the issue in Europe that gave Self-sovereign ID (SSI) some traction in the mainstream. The International Secure Electronic Transactions Organisation – OISTE have created a campaign to introduce a universal law that would entitle SSI holders to have control over images of them on the Internet and if they don’t like the use of their identity… they have the Right to Disappear the content, and power against social media.

“No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks”.

Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The right to disappear

It’s all about Personal Identifiable Information (PII) and while the Directive’s core principles issued in 1995 remain valid, modern technology and globalization pose new challenges to data protection. These changes have led to questions on whether the existing EU data protection legislation can still fully and effectively be relied on or whether reform is needed. For instance, how do we know what happens to our personal data when we book and board a plane, open a bank account, make a payment, make an IP call or share photos online? How is this data used and by whom? How do we permanently delete the PII on social networks?

We believe that PII needs to be strongly protected as this is the most sensitive information and allows the person to be tracked. The only way to do this is by encrypting your PII and defining standards that clearly give the ownership of the PII to the user and not to the service provider. If this is done, then the PII is associated with your Digital Identity which can then protect the personal data, as it belongs to you.

If your data is associated with your PII, and if your identity is encrypted, the data can be activated or deactivated the moment your identity wishes and without any need for a decision from anybody else. So if you put your pictures on Facebook and those pictures are linked to your digital identity, which is outside Facebook, the moment you change the privileges associated with your digital identity, those pictures will be deleted.

Lions Gate Club will act as a privacy advocate for it’s members and plan to develop systems for notifying Identity interference. By participating in Self-sovereign ID working groups over time Lions Gate Club will establish influence and be in a position to offer SSI Interference advocacy services.

Please see the International Secure Electronic Transactions Organisation – OISTE – Right to Disappear survey and bulletin. – OISTE is a 20 year old Swiss based institution, pioneers in Self-sovereign ID, very well represented by WiseID and the promoters of Transhumanism, as well as Artificial Intelligence. In essence the competition of Lions Gate Club, although we recommend this token for EU citizens in our Club, along with others; SelfKey, Evernym or Sovrin

WISeKey’s latest version of its WISeID

Geneva, Switzerland – August 14, 2019 –  WISeKey International Holding Ltd (“WISeKey”, SIX: WIHN), a leading cybersecurity and IoT company, today announced that the latest version of its WISeID app includes new features that allow buyers of the TransHuman Code book (THC book) to use the secure QR Code to get an encrypted digital identity and to control their personal information.  WISeKey’s latest version of its WISeID app incorporates features that aim to protect consumers against cyber-attacks on personal data.

WISeID app download instructions:

  • Scan QR Code from the THC book
  • Go to https://transhumancode.com (the THC iOS/Android app also support QR Code)
  • Click on “WISeID Special offer, Free cloud storage”
  • Follow instruction to
    • Download WISeID (iOS, Android)
    • Signup, login account
    • Use promotion code: THC2019_<8 random characters> and then access WISeID dashboard

The United States Privacy Act places greater emphasis on consumers’ right to know, control, opt-out of the sale of their personal information and also request deletion of their personal information that businesses have collected.

The WISeID app’s new features are adapted to this new US legislation on data protection and focus on consumers’ rights to know and control their personal information as well as transparency requirements related to companies’ data practices.

The TransHuman Code is a humanitarian approach to a technologically innovative future. In The transHuman Code, authors Carlos Moreira and David Fergusson ask, “Are we building a better future for humanity with the help of magnificent technology or are we instead building a better future of better technology at the expense of humanity?”.

Technologies like WISeID provide consumers with the power to control their privacy, so the right to understand what information is being collected, to be forgotten and to be deleted is always under users’ control.  A digital identity is like a birth certificate, it belongs to and should always be under the control of the user. WISeID app protects users from ‘pseudo’ digital identities which are created with data provided by the user, but without their consent.

In contrast to “social network credentials and identities” where social media companies provide users with ID credentials to access their services, WISeID’s are built to “empower individuals to control their identity, manage their digital personas, and actively monetize their personal data.

WISeID Personal Vault, has been enhanced to include two main features:

  • WISeID Authenticator: a secure login feature, based in the HMAC standard and compatible with Google Authenticator, which works with many existing online services like Gmail, Facebook and others. When login in one of the compatible websites, the user can generate “one-time passwords” directly from WISeID and use it to reinforce its regular password, making very hard for a hacker to steal user credentials and get access to important resources like confidential information, eBanking services.
  • Free digital certificate: the new WISeID simplifies the steps to generate a digital certificate and integrate it with the device system applications like email, making it easy to secure email with encryption and digital signatures. This service is based in standards like X.509 and S/MIME, so compatible with any device and operating system.

WISeID uses a ‘freemium’ business model, so users can use most features for free, while some enhanced capabilities, like the back-up of confidential information in WISeKey’s hyper-secure cloud systems hosted in a secure datacenter in Switzerland, are paid-for features.

About WISeKey:

WISeKey (SIX Swiss Exchange: WIHN) is a leading global cybersecurity company currently deploying large scale digital identity ecosystems for people and objects using Blockchain, AI and IoT respecting the Human as the Fulcrum of the Internet. WISeKey Microprocessors Secures the pervasive computing shaping today’s Internet of Everything. WISeKey IoT has an install base of over 1.5 billion microchips in virtually all IoT sectors (connected cars, smart cities, drones, agricultural sensors, anti-counterfeiting, smart lighting, servers, computers, mobile phones, crypto tokens etc.).  WISeKey is uniquely positioned to be at the edge of IoT as our semiconductors produce a huge amount of Big Data that, when analyzed with Artificial Intelligence (AI), can help industrial applications to predict the failure of their equipment before it happens.

Our technology is Trusted by the OISTE/WISeKey’s Swiss based cryptographic Root of Trust (“RoT”) provides secure authentication and identification, in both physical and virtual environments, for the Internet of Things, Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence. The WISeKey RoT serves as a common trust anchor to ensure the integrity of online transactions among objects and between objects and people. For more information, visit www.wisekey.com.

Press and investor contacts:

WISeKey International Holding Ltd
Company Contact: Carlos Moreira
Chairman & CEO
Tel: +41 22 594 3000
WISeKey Investor Relations (US)
Contact: Lena Cati
The Equity Group Inc.
Tel: +1 212 836-9611


This communication expressly or implicitly contains certain forward-looking statements concerning WISeKey International Holding Ltd and its business. Such statements involve certain known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which could cause the actual results, financial condition, performance or achievements of WISeKey International Holding Ltd to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. WISeKey International Holding Ltd is providing this communication as of this date and does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements contained herein as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, any securities, and it does not constitute an offering prospectus within the meaning of article 652a or article 1156 of the Swiss Code of Obligations or a listing prospectus within the meaning of the listing rules of the SIX Swiss Exchange. Any offers, solicitations or offers to buy, or any sale of securities in the future will be made in accordance with the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended.  Investors must rely on their own evaluation of WISeKey and its securities, including the merits and risks involved. Nothing contained herein is, or shall be relied on as, a promise or representation as to the future performance of WISeKey.

Right to Disappear Photo credit: Storm Crypt on VisualHunt / CC BY-NC-ND


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