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National Identification

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  1. National Identification

  2. National Identification • In post 9/11 times, congress has been moving towards a regulation on a set of standards that states must abide by when issuing a drivers license. This requires a verification of every applicants legal status in the country. • This creates an infringement on the states rights, and is a big step towards a national ID system. • This could be informal (federal standards that every state must meet) or an actual national ID system.

  3. National Identification • Potential of National ID cards: • The minimum information on the cards: • name, birth date, sex, ID number, photograph, address • Electronically readable • Physical features to complicate reproduction. • Attached money accounts. • Needed to open bank accounts, fly, collect funds through government etc.

  4. National Identification • What does this mean to us? • Pros: • Incidents such as September 11 would possibly have been different if terrorist were recognized. • Katrina. There are a lot of families that have been split up and unaccounted for. A national record of where people are through where they have swiped their cards would help reunite families, and give an accurate record of where missing peoples are. • Security on a smaller crime basis. The times of people’s whereabouts could be known. This would give the court system an upper hand in providing justice.

  5. National Identification • What does this mean to us? • Cons: • Obvious infringement on privacy • Possible documentation of where citizens were and when. Also possible records of purchases. • Crash in the system. The whole nation could be in chaos. • Inconveniences for a lost card. It would be a daily used function. Imagine loosing your One card and having to go through a vigorous timely process to get it renewed. • Cost on the government and personal level. • Implementing the machinery nationwide. • Identity theft. If a way was found to reproduce these cards, it would be assumed that the card was legitimate. Possibly a false sense of security, not to mention a whole system being proved unreliable.

  6. Sources • http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/03/politics/03licenses.html?ex=1272772800&en=aeac30ecc5b8d1a5&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss • http://news.com.com/FAQ+How+Real+ID+will+affect+you/2100-1028_3-5697111.html