Sunday, July 22, 2012
Is E-Verify charging $30 to get a peek at WA State driver and labor data?
A BTC TRUTH-IN ACCOUNT
Here is how I came by this information.
I looked outside and saw a man sitting driverside smoking in a black car and with a laptop open. I thought he was simply leeching WiFi. He suddenly spat a large amount of phlegm 20 ft away from the car.
I also suddenly decided he was "up to no good".
I took down his license plate as my gut instructed. To see what I could come up with, I dropped it into a license plate finder search for Washington State. You don't have to be a great investigative journalist to get this information. I used Google.
Proof positive, if you are somewhat alert on any given day, you will run into hard truth about the US government's evolving database state.
For months and perhaps years, bloggers and advocates have discussed drawbacks of mandating "the honeypot" or a centralized database for government use. E-Verify is one such database recently adopted and codified in the State of Pennsylvania. E-Verify adopters may believe, mistakenly, they have a reasonable expectation of privacy if their information is in a government database.
Today, I can pay $30 and get whatever sensitive information about what you drive, who you are, and maybe where you work at the Department of Homeland Security's E-Verify database information clearing house. That is the US security state claiming voluntary compulsion to house your otherwise private information and now sell that information TO ME; while also registering my information into said database as a customer. This information will undoubtedly later be sold to someone else for profit, for an equal or lesser amount. None of which, will you make a profit from or will you have any control over. It was required of many people involuntarily without their consent!
Washington State prides itself for honoring civil liberty by not adopting the E-Verify mandate. That hasn't stopped them from selling information gleaned from their an Automatic License Plate Reader on the 520 bridge auto-toll if you drive over Lake Washington. If you take the bridge, it won't just cost you once. It will cost you again and again. That information can be sold to me for $30 where it makes money for Homeland Security again and again - to your neighbors or prospective employers who are nosey enough. If 10 people need to review your driver information in the State of WA that's going to make potentially $300 or more in private data brokerage billing for DHS, a public federal agency.
In this scenario, you wouldn't have to think hard about the consequences I could bring upon your life if I was a person "up to no good" paying DHS $30. I would think finding my evil doppleganger post-crime as an afterthought for these security figureheads.
You might want to write a letter to your leaders at Congress.org and let them know how you feel about DHS selling your information to people like me.