Real ID Act mostly helps identity thieves

The Mercury News in California has an article discussing how the Real ID Act mostly helps identity thieves . Some quotes:

"The rules wouldn't have stopped the Sept. 11 hijackers, who were in the United States legally. ... [The new law] will make fake IDs more valuable, creating a greater incentive for DMV workers to turn bad."

"The people who will benefit most from this law are snoops and identity thieves. The requirement that all personal information be encoded in a machine-readable form will be a gift to them. Already bars, athletic clubs and other commercial establishments swipe driver's licenses. With a national format, every retailer will swipe the IDs to collect valuable information that will be sold to data aggregators, such as ChoicePoint. They, in turn, will resell the information to marketers and other customers."


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