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In this Viewpoint from AIM Global, Editor Bert Moore discusses the supposed “victory” privacy advocates achieved when the U.S. Department of Homeland Security opted to use bar codes instead of RFID on driver’s licenses.
Posted By Privacy Administrator, 03.14.2007
In this Viewpoint from AIM Global, Editor Bert Moore discusses the supposed “victory” privacy advocates achieved when the U.S. Department of Homeland Security opted to use bar codes instead of RFID on driver’s licenses.

The Real ID Act, passed in May 2005, was part of a much larger law that aimed to increase security within the United States. One of the key provisions was to establish a national standard for state-issued driver’s licenses and non-driver's identification cards. Privacy advocates worried that this was the start of a national ID card program that would be used to track citizens, and some feared the government would mandate the use of radio frequency identification in the licenses as a way of monitoring people. That didn’t happen. In this well-reasoned commentary, Bert Moore, editor of AIM Global’s AIM Connections newsletter, gives his insights on the issue.

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