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Schneier On Security – REAL ID Law…arrrgggghhh!!!

Posted by direwolff on May 15, 2005

Bruce Schneier is regarded as the father of modern day cryptography and a security expert. He writes very insightful material in a manner that most laypeople can understand. More importantly, he’s usually right about the security and privacy issues he discusses.

The following is from his blog which you can read at .

His blog post from 5/9/05 outraged me sufficiently to decide to do my small part in bringing attention to this issue. Read on…

The United States is getting a national ID card. The REAL ID Act (text of the bill and the Congressional Research Services analysis ( ) of the bill) establishes uniform standards for state driver’s licenses, effectively creating a national ID card. It’s a bad idea, and is going to make us all less safe. It’s also very expensive. And it’s all happening without any serious debate in Congress.

I’ve already written about national IDs( ). I’ve written about the fallacies ( ) of identification as a security tool. I’m not going to repeat myself here, and I urge everyone who is interested to read those two essays (and even this ( ) older essay). A national ID is a lousy security trade-off, and everyone needs to understand why.


You can read the rest of this essay at:…al_id.html


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