July 31, 2007 | By Hugh D'Andrade

Another Loss for Real ID

The REAL ID Act took another blow in the Senate last week, hopefully putting legislators one step closer to ditching the national ID mandate.

An amendment tacked onto the Homeland Security appropriations bill would have given $300 million in federal funds to implement the Act. This measly sum would have done nothing to make up for the $23 billion burden states and taxpayers will be forced to bear.

Moreover, throwing more money at the states can't fix REAL ID's fundamental problems. The Act would require possession of a new standardized drivers license for all sorts of everyday tasks, such as getting on a plane or train, and would create a vast national database linking all of the ID records together. Over time, the ID and aggregation of your personal information would facilitate a wide range of tracking and surveillance by the government and businesses.

So far, 17 state legislatures have already expressed their opposition, and, just last month, an immigration reform bill was scuttled as Senators refused to end debate on a provision requiring every American to present a REAL ID in order to get a job.

That's great news, but unfortunately REAL ID isn't dead yet -- keep the momentum going and tell Congress to repeal the Act now.

Deeplinks Topics

Stay in Touch

NSA Spying

EFF is leading the fight against the NSA's illegal mass surveillance program. Learn more about what the program is, how it works, and what you can do.

Follow EFF

Ninth Circuit decision holding yoga uncopyrightable also shows why Oracle v. Google was wrong

Oct 9 @ 2:37pm

Our analysis of today's leaked TPP IP chapter confirms our worst fears. It's a bad deal through and through. https://eff.org/r.do9g

Oct 9 @ 2:26pm

Don't wait to improve your security. Learn how to create strong passwords today. https://eff.org/r.6lqx

Oct 9 @ 1:44pm
JavaScript license information