March 22, 2008

Just Say No to Real ID

The other 49 governors need to follow Montana governor brian schweitzer's lead:

Schweitzer emphasized that his state's licenses already contain holograms, secure digital photographs and a magnetic stripe on the back. But says he has no intention of sharing his state's residents' data with the federal government, as required by Real ID.

The information the government wants the states to keep and share in Real ID is ripe for abuse, despite the government's privacy and security promises, he said.

"They tell us our data is safe," Schweitzer said. "You tell that to the passport people," he said, referring to news that State Department employees snooped in all three major presidential candidates' passport files.

"Do you want your government to have the ability to track where you went, how you got there and when you got home?" Schweitzer asked. "It would be naïve for someone to think this information will not be abused in the future. Virtually every decade these kinds of files have been used to violate people's privacy."

schweitzer and the rest of our government servants would do well to apply this kind of thinking and action to any other program that invades our privacy or compromises our personal information with particular emphasis on banking institutions and telecommunications companies that apparently routinely violate our rights.

Via The Technology Liberation Front.

Posted by Steve on March 22, 2008
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