High-Security Driver’s License Runs Into Opposition in States

November 27, 2012

  • November 27, 2012 at 11:46 am
    ExciteBiker says:
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    Call me crazy, but I’d way rather see us not borrow another $11,000,000,000.00 to implement easily hackable chipped ID cards (and black and white ones at that!). Aren’t we talking about deficit reduction including cutting stuff like food stamps ($4.50 a day that isn’t available to undocumented immigrants BTW)? Have we gone totally nuts?

    Current technology allows a person with a cheap reader up their sleeve and a computer in a backpack to walk through a crowd and grab all the data off of chip-enabled cards (credit cards, IDs, passports, metro cards etc). The tech isn’t safe, it isn’t secure, it won’t make us safer, it’s expensive, it is 100% a national ID card, and it will absolutely be used to deny access and basic rights to anyone who is deemed to be ‘unauthorized’ by a person or perhaps just a computer error.

    • November 27, 2012 at 1:53 pm
      Jon says:
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      And yet, the unenlightened and non-tech savvy will look at chip ID’s as the “perfect” security solution.

      Which boggles the freaking mind.

      • December 3, 2012 at 11:30 am
        Libby says:
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        You are absolutely correct. I admit I am a tech dinosaur and know nothing about chip readers, etc. Thanks for the info. I plan to educate myself on the issue.

        • December 3, 2012 at 11:04 pm
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          Just don’t get me started on RFID “ID” cards as a “security” measure to access a building… :)

  • November 27, 2012 at 1:45 pm
    Scott Romoser says:
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    In Maryland it might help if they stopped giving licenses to illegal aliens.

  • November 27, 2012 at 2:13 pm
    mark says:
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    Security should be priority one yet when it comes to the powers that be (political affiliations have no bearing) and the decision making process its unfortuantely always about follow the $. $ and who profits wins out over better or best cost effective and results driven options.

  • November 27, 2012 at 2:23 pm
    mark says:
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    The sad truth is that security which should be number one on the priority list always comes in second to $. Its all about follow the $. No matter what the decision on any issue is, where the buck stops there lies the answer. Simple bill proposals always go back and forth umpteen times until all the $ interests get something in it for themselves. The best results oriented yet still cost effective means can’t win out until riders and the additional “fat” are taken out of the equation. This holds true no matter what side of the fence anyone sits on politically. $ interests are in it for themselves and quite often their decisions come at the expense of intelligent, sound, rationale fact based decision making policy.

  • November 27, 2012 at 2:25 pm
    Boca Condo King says:
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    Have you noticed…

    States that are not opposing the ACA and are trying to set up health exchanges are the very states that are having more trouble setting up the Real ID program.

    States like Florida seem to have been able to comply with Real ID, are not setting up exchanges as per the ACA.

    It seems easier to comply with Real ID, people only renew their drivers’ licenses every 8 years (in FL), VS. running health insurance exchanges that everyone will access annually or more.

    Things that make you go Hmmmm…



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