The Cabinet of Germany (the country’s chief executive organization), has approve a new electronic ID card for citizens. German citizen currently carry mandatory national ID cards, but the electronic cards will include a host of features. A chip on the card will include the cardholder’s name, address, date of birth and biometric photo; cardholders can choose to include two electronic fingerprints and an electronic signature on the chip, as well. The government is urging citizens to use the card for online commerce and banking, as well as with online government programs. Cardholders would be able to authorize payments from their home computers by placing the card on a reader and entering a personal ID number. More coverage here and here.