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Thursday, May 19, 2005

Real ID passes in the US

The Real ID card is a National ID Card, which poses a lot of problems for privacy in the United States. It contains information about pretty much everything about a person and it will restrict movement within the US if someone does not have one. Unfortunately the Real ID card just got passed in the senate because nobody knew about it.

The legislation is raising questions not only about privacy and costs but about the ways in which critical legislation gets passed in Congress. That's because lawmakers slipped the bill into a larger piece of legislation -- an $82 billion spending bill -- that authorizes funds for the Iraq war and tsunami relief, among other things, and is considered a must-pass piece of legislation.

Link (via BoingBoing)