June 20, 2007 | By Derek Slater

CA Alert - Support Privacy Protections in State IDs!

A landmark bill that would require tough privacy and security safeguards for Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags in state-issued IDs sailed through the California Senate recently on a broad bipartisan vote. It's already over its first hurdle in the Assembly, and, if you live in California, we need your help to push it through.

Without proper protections, RFIDs in IDs can broadcast your private information to anyone and leave you vulnerable to tracking and identity theft. That's why EFF, the ACLU, the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, and other groups have been working hard to get support for the Identity Information Protection Act (SB 30).

Last year, California's legislature passed a similar version of this bill, but Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued a shortsighted veto. The Senate's decision to pass this legislation again by an even bigger margin sends a clear message that the Governor should not forgo another opportunity to give Californians control over the personal information on their own drivers' licenses, library cards, and other important ID cards.

The Assembly Judiciary Committee passed the bill yesterday. Make your voice heard and write to the Assembly and Governor now to support SB 30.

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