Do you feel that this is going to impede on our privacy?
It probably will, in that it will consolidate a lot of "personal" information at yet another layer of government. It will increase risk of "ID theft", through card loss/theft and its inherent transmission of personal/private information. It may make ID theft worse in that the card apparently may be a gateway to more personal/private data held by all kinds of "others".If you haven't heard of the Real ID Act, what do you think of the fact that it hasn't been brought to the attention of US Citizens?
I hadn't heard. And I greatly appreciate knowing and that it's being debated here on AD.
I don't like the fact that it hasn't been brought to the attention of US Citizens, because:
1. It's a citizen identification problem we're facing that is much larger than just an ID card format/content issue. It will be misused and abused unless more widely examined and debated! Like: a) How many ways can it be misused and what is the cost impact to the "general welfare"?
How does one establish the legality of citizenship by being born in the US. Is an illegal presence birth acceptable to all of us? (Very explosive question huh?) c) etc.
2. Making that card a state driver's license, is a Fed scam. Don't lay it on the states like this! Feds pay please! States rights is still to be protected, to my mind.
3. Citizenship "proof" generally has not been defined or debated adequately yet. My understanding is that there are only three initiating documents:
a) a state birth certificate, which should only give one state citizenship, right?! (I don't know about birth at sea, on international flights, at overseas military bases, etc., so my argument may be weak here.)
a valid proof of completed military service, i.e. a DD-214 form. c) a naturalization certification.
4. The anti-forgery issues of any "document" is a tech problem that is not easy. The Feds have most of the relevant info, so they should do it by economy arguments. (I'm thinking of money, mil/Fed ID's, passports, etc., anti forgery.)