Natural Person

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Full Title or Meme

A Natural Person is a real-world entity that should have legal standing in some jurisdiction.

Context

  • Typically a Natural Person, or Carbon-based Life Form is a Legal Person.
  • Everyone has the right to be recognized as a person before the law, as enshrined in Article 6 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and Article 16 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Problems

  • Refugees have trouble acquiring the right to an identity. The UN seeks to ameliorate this difficulty every year.
  • Legal names can be changed by the bearer or guardian and so cannot be relied upon to stay constant over time.
  • Legal names are only valid in a legal jurisdiction, typically a sovereign state.
  • Moving the bearer of the name to a region with a different alphabet will require some sort of transliteration of the name at a minimum.
  • So the legal name could be different in different jurisdictions.

Solutions

  • User Objects should have a name (key) that is assigned when the object is created, and that should never be changed unless some error has occurred.
  • Any other Identifier in the User Object should be changable under the right conditions.
  • Each data control can decide for themselves whether they wish to track the legal status of the Subject of the database object that they track.

References