Husband divorces woman without her knowledge

July 23rd, 2015

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The downside of digitalisation

NemID has been the key to a door best kept shut (photo: NemID)

North Zealand police say that a man who had responsibility for his wife’s bank accounts and other personal information used her NemID to divorce her without his knowledge.

The 51-year-old man also used the information to click and claim that his 40-year-old wife, who was originally from Thailand, did not want alimony and was renouncing her desire to live in Denmark.

Police told Frederiksborg Amts Avis that the man made the changes in May.

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IT security expert Henrik Larsen said that this is not the first time someone has abused the trust of someone’s NemID.

“There is always the risk that something like this can happen,” Larsen told DR Nyheder. “More and more information is online, creating a risk that it could be misused.”

Larsen stressed that the man’s use of his wife’s information was “a criminal act”.

Not even your wife should know
Rasmus Theede, head of the digital agency Rådet for Digital Sikkerhed said that the NemID system is safe if personal codes are protected.

“Keep your NemID private,” Theede said. “We can do a lot with NEM ID today, but it should not be viewed as like a debit card that you can lend to your wife.”

Theede said that the NemID is a “digital signature”.

“I have complete confidence in my wife, but she does not know my password,” said Theede.

The Zealand man did not inform his now ex-wife about his actions. She first became aware of them last week.

The man has been charged with forgery and fraud.


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