Monday, May 09, 2005

US Getting a National ID Card

Bruce Schneier has a good post on why this is a bad idea whose time has come, i.e., it's going to happen.

"The United States is getting a national ID card. The REAL ID Act establishes uniform standards for state driver's licenses, effectively creating a national ID card. It's a bad idea, and is going to make us all less safe. It's also very expensive. And it's all happening without any serious debate in Congress.

"I've already written about national IDs. I've written about the fallacies of identification as a security tool. I'm not going to repeat myself here... A national ID is a lousy security trade-off, and everyone needs to understand why. Aside from those generalities, there are specifics about REAL ID that make for bad security..."

See also USACM's letter to Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) on the topic.

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Comment by Blogger Jim Horning:

And also see the Wired News story.

"Hundreds of civil liberties groups, immigrant support groups and government associations oppose the Real ID Act, a piece of legislation that critics say would produce a de facto national ID card, cost states millions of dollars and punish undocumented immigrants.

"Yet despite widespread opposition to the bill, it passed through the House last week and is expected to easily pass through the Senate on Tuesday.

"The legislation is raising questions not only about privacy and costs but about the ways in which critical legislation gets passed in Congress."

11:31 AM  

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