…in the news…

My opinion based on an article from www.FOXNews.com:

Homeland Security to Unveil New Driver’s License Rules

So, it seems that there is a substantial amount of resistance to this – both in cost and privacy issues. In fact, several States have already taken a stand against this based on these cost and privacy concerns.

I don’t understand why there are privacy concerns.

Per the Minimum Document Requirements (202(b)), there is no new personal information required on the new ID’s. The additional requirements deal with counterfeiting and fraud prevention. Specifically:

“To meet the requirements of this section, a State shall include, at a minimum, the following information and features on each driver’s license and identification card issued to a person by the State:

(1) The person’s full legal name.

(2) The person’s date of birth.

(3) The person’s gender.

(4) The person’s driver’s license or identification card number.

(5) A digital photograph of the person.

(6) The person’s address of principle residence.

(7) The person’s signature.

(8) Physical security features designed to prevent tampering, counterfeiting, or duplication of the document for fraudulent purposes.

(9) A common machine-readable technology, with defined minimum data elements.”

The only real change with the personal information is that the States will be held accountable for verifying the information provided by anyone attempting to obtain a REAL ID. Yep, that’s it. The States will have to check the documents to ensure that you are not trying to falsely obtain an ID that can be used as a single point document to verify your identity.

How is that bad? I would rather take a certified copy of my birth certificate and my passport and my military ID to the DMV to get my REAL ID, than know that there are people who continue to falsely obtain driver’s licenses using false documents. Who does that? People I don’t want to have genuine ID’s such as terrorists and illegal immigrants.

I continue to be frustrated by the masses of people who oppose any type of change or legislation based largely on the source, rather than any real information about the change. If there is no additional information being required on the REAL ID, then the people who are touting privacy and freedom losses are simply doing so because someone else jumped to an unreal conclusion and started a wave of “mob mentality” opposition.

Don’t bother leaving negative comments to my opinion. I will delete them. 🙂

5 comments so far

  1. Stuart on

    One of the concerns about privacy is that all of the information will be transferred among various state and local agencies. It makes it easier to steal a person’s identity when all of that information is being shared and is accessible by so many different people. I agree with you, just thought I would share information. lol, hope nobody steals it!

  2. bloodhound on

    The only way the information transfer will be different under the new system is that there will be one standardized and federally accepted system for maintaining privacy act information. Information is already shared and transferred, just not always with the same system and not always securely.

    I believe that information will be less accessible and more difficult to illegally obtain under the new system. Currently, some States guard the information with less security than required under the new system, and are complaining about the money it will cost to upgrade to a more secure system.

    Personally, I have no problem with them spending the money to keep my information more private.

  3. Thor on

    The new system still relies on a disinterested government employee “verifying” the authenticity of the documents. Their detection ability will only be as good as 1) their training 2) their desire 3) the tolls they are given.

    I expect the DMV will continue to hire difficult and substandard employees that will in all likelihood be training by difficult and substandard senior employees….. not a Sherlock Holmes in the bunch.

    They’ll make it more difficult on us, it will take longer, it will most likely cost more…. and the employee will stare at the documents and say “Uh, I think it’s good”.


  4. Thor on

    “tools”, not tolls (sheesh, what am I, a disinterested gov’t employee?)

  5. bloodhound on

    …(thinking of a counter argument, thinking, thinking, thinking)…

    (points in random direction)

    Hey look, a squirrel!

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