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March 24, 2010

LAWMAKERS PUSHING NATIONAL ID CARD FOR ALL WORKERS

WIRED - Lawmakers are proposing a national identification card - what they're calling "high-tech, fraud-proof Social Security cards" -that would be required for all employees in the United States.

The proposal by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-New York) and Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-South Carolina) comes as the states are grappling to produce another national identification card at the behest of the Department of Homeland Security. Virtually none of the states are in compliance with this Real ID program - adopted in 2005 - requiring state motor vehicle bureaus to obtain and internally scan and store personal information like Social Security cards and birth certificates for a national database.

Jim Harper, director of information policy studies at the Cato Institute, suggests the plan would undoubtedly lead to a national database. He added that "there is no practical way of making a national identity document fraud-proof."

What's more, Richard Esguerra, the Electronic Frontier Foundation's in-house activist, notes that a national ID card likely would expand from its stated purpose.

"Because of the ID card's proposed universality, it will likely be requested and required by airlines, insurance agencies, health care providers, mortgage lenders, credit card companies, and so forth," he said.


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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not to put too fine a point of it but My Social Security card states very clearly:

FOR SOCIAL SECURITY AND TAX PURPOSES - NOT FOR IDENTIFICATION

I had to deal with an employer that put my Name, Pic, and Social Security on my I.D., until they figured out that it JUST WASN'T A GOOD IDEA.


-DaTheorist

March 24, 2010 11:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Turn your head and cough...

March 24, 2010 10:11 PM  
Anonymous The banality of evil... said...

Spread your legs, spread your cheeks..

March 24, 2010 10:13 PM  

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