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Real ID Act regulations finally released by Homeland Security

Real ID Act regulations finally released by Homeland Security
Real ID Act regulations finally released by Homeland Security



We've had plenty of discussions about the Real ID Act here on Politech, 
including these:
http://www.politechbot.com/2007/02/09/california-officials-like/ 
http://www.politechbot.com/2007/01/25/maine-becomes-first/ 
http://www.politechbot.com/2005/03/24/john-gilmore-on/ 

But so far it's been difficult to figure out how bad the bloody law will 
be in practice. That's because the Department of Homeland Security has 
remarkably broad power to come up with regulations, which they finally 
did in draft form:
http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/nprm_realid.pdf 

Here's a summary I wrote trying to put this in perspective:
http://news.com.com/2100-1028_3-6163509.html 

Among the outstanding unanswered questions: Will the final rules include 
an RFID tag? Will all drivers licenses have a standard design dictated 
by Homeland Security? Will the information that has to be stored on the 
nationalized licenses (in the form of a 2D barcode) be encrypted?

The deadline extension by Homeland Security was cunning. It's almost 
certainly intended to fragment opposition in state capitals. If the 
federalized ID card doesn't have to be complete until 2013 -- the 
earlier date was 2008 -- state DMVs won't be as alarmed right now and 
voters won't be either.

Here's some more background:
http://www.epic.org/privacy/id_cards/ 
http://www.realnightmare.org/ 

-Declan
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