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Opinion: REAL ID Backlashes Miss the Mark

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

March 15, 2011

In Government Computer News, William Jackson writes that the REAL ID Act, which sets national requirements for state driver's licenses, "does not adequately provide for the security of sensitive data that it requires states to collect and share," and that issue should be addressed. However, he says, proposals such as those in New Hampshire and Oklahoma that ban radio frequency identification and biometric technologies used to implement the act "throw the baby out with the bathwater." Prohibiting these technologies is both unreasonable and unenforceable, Jackson opines. "It would make a lot more sense to focus on the real issues than on technophobic prohibitions that miss the point." 
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