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Many countries are now proposing or enacting national IDs. Get ready to show us your papers!

New ID Cards Planned for 2007
"The current resident registration cards will be replaced by as early as 2007 as part of government efforts to better protect individual privacy and prevent ID card forgery."
Full story - Korea Times
Submitted by Anonymous, Mon Oct 3 08:42:07 EDT 2005

Dutch prosecutors try 250 for violating ID law
"Dutch prosecutors have begun to try 250 of the almost 50,000 people fined for failure to produce valid identification since the country's ID law came into effect on January 1, 2005."
Full story - Jurist
Submitted by Anonymous, Wed Sep 28 15:21:30 EDT 2005

National Voter ID Proposal Prompts Opposition
"Privacy advocates and anti-poverty groups are lining up to fight a single proposal in what is otherwise a widely-hailed and well-received set of recommendations from a bi-partisan federal election commission."
Full story - The New Standard
Submitted by Anonymous, Thu Sep 22 12:21:28 EDT 2005

EFF Applauds Commission Recommendations But Opposes National ID Card Endorsement
"... EFF strongly opposes the Commission's privacy-invasive recommendations regarding voter identification, however. The report suggests that voters should be required to present the National ID card mandated by the recently passed Real ID Act at the voting booth."
Full story - EFF
Submitted by Anonymous, Wed Sep 21 16:31:34 EDT 2005

NH not sold on 'national ID card'
"What many call a new "national ID card" - a state driver's license that requires the approval of the Secretary of Homeland Security - is coming in May of 2008. But some New Hampshire political leaders are vowing to fight the changes required by the Real ID Act of 2005."
Full story - New Hampshire Union Leader
Submitted by Anonymous, Sun Sep 18 11:27:52 EDT 2005

Former White House adviser urges high standards for ID cards
"Congress passed the Real ID Act in May, which will require states as of May 2008 to issue federally approved driver's licenses or identification cards to those who live and work in the United States. The ID cards will be required for citizens to drive, enter federal government buildings, collect Social Security, access a federal government service or use the services of private entities such as banks and airlines, which are required by federal law to verify customer identity."
Full story - Government Computer News
Submitted by Anonymous, Thu Sep 15 16:56:01 EDT 2005

ID card proposal just 'red herring'
"CAMPAIGNERS have blasted Government claims a national identity card could replace passports. Andrew Watson, local NO2ID co-ordinator, said: "If the ID card is as valuable as the Government wants it to be then clearly if I lost my ID card it would be hideously inconvenient. If I lost my passport, all I would not be able to do is travel around Europe""
Full story - Cambridge Evening News
Submitted by Anonymous, Thu Sep 15 12:34:17 EDT 2005

UK Govt wants you to lurve ID cards
"The UK government has said it will go on a "charm offensive" this week, aimed at winning the general public around to the idea of a national identity register and identity card."
Full story - The Register
Submitted by Anonymous, Mon Sep 12 08:53:19 EDT 2005

National ID cards: The current state in the U.K., U.S., and Australia
"Terrorist threats, disintegrating national borders, globalization %85 A myriad of causes have prompted governments around the world to take a closer look at the need for a national identification card. Indeed, some countries are moving forward but citizen%92s privacy concerns have prevented most large countries from progressing on national ID systems."
Full story - ContactlessNews
Submitted by Anonymous, Thu Aug 25 15:30:06 EDT 2005

ID card 'would not beat terrorism'
"A NATIONAL identity card would do little to reduce the risk of terrorist attacks, according to a leading UK privacy expert. UK Assistant Privacy Commissioner Jonathon Bamford, who today addressed a seminar on corporate privacy, warned of threats to individual privacy if ID cards were introduced."
Full story - The Australian
Submitted by Anonymous, Wed Aug 24 07:59:31 EDT 2005

Nominee once argued for national ID cards
"Supreme Court nominee John Roberts made clear in his days as a Reagan administration lawyer that he did not share the traditional conservative fear of the U.S. government creating national identification cards for American citizens. Rather, when faced with what he called "the real threat to our social fabric posed by uncontrolled immigration," Roberts urged his superiors to switch course and support national ID cards."
Full story - ContraCostaTimes (reg. req.)
Submitted by Anonymous, Sun Aug 21 16:14:51 EDT 2005

Why the "Real ID" Act, Which Requires National Identity Cards, is a Real Mess
"... Real ID is going to create many headaches and nightmares for state governments, which must now labor under an unfunded mandate; U.S. citizens; and lawful permanent residents alike. Indeed, as I will explain citizens' privacy will be seriously threatened if the Act is not amended before it takes effect."
Full story - FindLaw
Submitted by Anonymous, Wed Aug 10 09:12:17 EDT 2005

Federal ID law turns neighbors into strangers
"Federal law will make County Treasurer Paula Schneider do something that would be plain rude on the streets of this little town: treat friends as strangers. Never mind that she knows practically everyone who walks into her office and wants a driver's license. Under the REAL ID Act meant to deter terrorists, Schneider will have to make neighbors prove who they are. Homeland security is taking a toll on the homespun way of doing things at government offices like hers."
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Submitted by Anonymous, Sun Aug 7 04:16:43 EDT 2005 National IDs in Need of a Fix
"Without any real Senate debate, the Real ID Act of 2005 was passed by Congress in May and promptly signed into law by President Bush... The law offers very little guidance on the privacy and security measures that states must take to safeguard this new, nationwide database of information on driving-age adults -- although it does mandate physical security of the premises and background checks on employees that work with the database and issue licenses."
Full story - PCWorld
Submitted by Anonymous, Thu Aug 4 09:39:01 EDT 2005

ID card benefits were exaggerated, admits government
"The UK government has admitted that it exaggerated the benefits of ID cards by claiming they would be a panacea for identity theft, benefit fraud and terrorism. The frank admission was made by Home Office minister Tony McNulty at a private meeting with a left-wing think tank."
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Submitted by Anonymous, Thu Aug 4 09:25:03 EDT 2005

ID card 'must protect privacy'
"ANY national identification system must ensure patient records are kept private and secure, the head of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) said today. The prospect of a national ID card raised serious privacy issues, and its introduction should not be a knee-jerk reaction in the wake of the London bombings, AMA president Mukesh Haikerwal said."
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Submitted by Anonymous, Wed Jul 20 08:47:21 EDT 2005

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