get OpenPGP pubkeys authenticated using German personal ID

Johan Wevers johanw at
Thu Jun 1 16:50:31 CEST 2023

On 2023-05-31 16:55, Bernhard Reiter wrote:

> Governikus provides the online service for authenticating your OpenPGP key on 
> behalf of the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). This 
> online service compares the name read from your ID card, your electronic 
> residence permit or eID card for citizens of the European Union with the name 
> specified in your OpenPGP key. If the names match, your public key is 
> electronically signed by Governikus, confirming the match. 

Considering the persistent attempts of the EU to scan all encrypted
communication, would you think it is wise to prove to one of the
governments pushing this which key is yours? GnuPG encrypted mail can be
analyzed to see what the receiver's keyID is so using such a key with
another mail address would inform any snooper that it is yours.

ir. J.C.A. Wevers
PGP/GPG public keys at

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