Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The other problem with RFID licenses

Here you go. It's allready started. States expected to keep massive databases on hand to verify that you are who you say that you are, can be hacked into by identity thieves. Then you have the second problem of people like this guy above, taking matters into his own hands, and frying his chip, which state governments have to pay for. What are they going to do? Make them go get another one? Let's not forget that tech-savvy people always outmode expensive cumbersome bureaucractic techonolgies, becuase it's fun and they can!!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Funding the mandate and your state..

Ok.. It looks like the list of things to do if you're an anti-REAL ID activist is to find out which tech companies are wooing your states DMV. You have to know your Who's Who in Department of Motor Vehicles and you need to find out who is delivering the deadline for compliance and implementation. You may have as soon as mid-month to get an extension for your state to find funding for the federal mandate. You may have until March 31, '08. To make thing's somewhat easier CNET.com has a state information map that posts updates on what your state is planning to do with your tax money.

It's time to ask the questions: "How does the government expect us to pay for all of this and who is getting our money?"

EFF : More from Electronic Freedom Foundation


February 6th, 2008

CNET's "Real ID vs. the States" Series Covers Looming Showdown Related Issues

Privacy issue overview, blog posts

Real ID issue overview, blog postsPosted by Richard Esguerra

This week, CNET launched its four-part series covering Real ID -- the dangerous federal plan to create a national ID card that presents a massive threat to citizens' privacy, among other critical flaws.

The REAL ID Act was signed into law in 2005 and forces states to standardize driver's licenses in a way that turns them into a national ID. In January 2008, the Department of Homeland Security announced a set of standards to fulfill the vague mandate passed by Congress, but were met with opposition from a broad stable of parties -- beyond the long roster of privacy organizations and consumer advocates, the House Committee on Homeland Security, Senator Patrick Leahy (Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee), and a number of other key members of Congress spoke out against the regulations.

So far, the CNET series has been comprehensive in its coverage of the issue, describing the complicated timeline; showing which states have assented to, wavered on, and bravely opposed the costly federal mandate; and depicting the chaos facing travelers and citizens across the