US approves 'machine readable' Federal ID cards

February 11, 2005

Zapping through legislation on ideas that have been bouncing around UK political debate for years, the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday approved a set of rules aimed at forcing states to issue all adults federally approved, machine readable (possibly RFID-enabled) electronic ID cards, including driver's licenses:

Under the rules, federal employees would reject licenses or identity cards that don't comply, which could curb Americans' access to airplanes, trains, national parks, federal courthouses and other areas controlled by the federal government. The bill was approved by a 261-161 vote.

The measure, called the Real ID Act, says that driver's licenses and other ID cards must include a digital photograph, anticounterfeiting features and undefined "machine-readable technology, with defined minimum data elements" that could include a magnetic strip or RFID tag. The Department of Homeland Security would be charged with drafting the details of the regulation.

Republican politicians argued that the new rules were necessary to thwart terrorists, saying that four of the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers possessed valid state-issued driver's licenses. "When I get on an airplane and someone shows ID, I'd like to be sure they are who they say they are," said Rep. Tom Davis, a Virginia Republican, during a floor debate that started Wednesday.
Now, I'm curious what Bruce Schneier and wtwu have to say about this move!

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Posted by andersja


I just sent a letter to my Senators. I think it'll take ten thousand more.

Posted by: Adam Cokelee at March 1, 2005 09:13 PM

i have heard most of the stuff on this rfid, which i hate it!!!!!! i do not like it!!!!!
when i talk to people about it, most of them (especially the adults in their 30's and the younger generation)feel like whatever the government is doing, it is for our best! well, i have called my senator. is their anyone else i can call? our privacy is being invaded!!!!! we do not need this !!!!! i hate it !!!!! it is coming fast!! well, it is already here!! americans are asleep or slumbering. they need to be woke up. GOD has warned us in His word, and we are not taking heed!!! we are in trouble!!!
and it seems like no one wants to hear about it!!

Posted by: t mccormick at April 10, 2005 12:07 PM
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