Friday, May 4, 2007

Your Information At Risk

I received this heads-up and I'm posting this everywhere:

Most people are probably not aware of something our Federal government is trying to pass - the requirement of something they are calling REAL ID. This is an attempt to install a National ID system - something that has been found to be unconstitutional by law previously.

Under the Act, states and federal government would share access to a vast national database that could include images of birth certificates, marriage licenses, divorce papers, court ordered
separations, medical records, and detailed information on the name, date of birth, race, religion, ethnicity, gender, address, telephone, e-mail address, Social Security Number for more than 240 million with no requirements or controls on how this database might be used. Many
may not have the documents required to obtain a REAL ID, or they may face added requirements base on arbitrary and capricious decisions made by DMV employees.

You can leave comments against this act until MAY 8 - and it's VERY important that you do so! (it's not super easy to do, but it's definitely worth it) You can learn how to speak out against it, and also learn more details about it here.

Please pass on to everyone you know, as most people have no idea that this is under consideration, and likely to pass quietly unless there is opposition.

You should also note: "This is the same federal agency that had responsibility for helping people following hurricane Katrina, and proved itself not to be ready for the challenge. Creating a national identification system is a huge, complex project and there no agency in the Federal government that has proven that it could manage a project of this magnitude."

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