OpEd News: 5 Signs You Are Dealing with Real ID in 2012 by Sheila Dean


5 Signs You Are Dealing with Real ID in 2012

By Sheila Dean

2012 regulations affect fliers, entry to federal buildings and border crossings

May 11th, 2012 will mark four years since DHS' original deadline challenge to States to comply with Real ID regulations.

Looking back to May 2008, many doubled up on identity theft prevention services, aluminum wallets, RFID shields and banking encryption to fend off the digital privacy drawbacks of carrying a national ID card. Sometime later, the Real ID Act was banned in over 25 States legislatures who cited potential loss of privacy and expensive costs as reasons to Opt-out of the program. The law became virtually unenforceable as a national identity system, but are citizens and residents really free and clear of the negative impacts stemming from Real ID?

While the Obama Administration pledged there would be no enforcement of Real ID regulations, there has been an increase in identity requirements nationwide and some appropriations to States this year for the program.  These actions seem to be consistent with a Homeland Security hearing discussion; which no longer defers the national deadline for individual compliance. It is now set for January 15th, 2013.

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