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c/o Vancouver Sun

Canada is being asked to compromise the civil rights of millions of Canadians without any guarantee the Americans will hold up their side of the bargain, says the report, written by Gar Pardy, a former senior diplomat to Washington.


SEE ALSO: Canada to launch biometric passports by 2012

*Special thanks to working activists Phil Mocek & Edward Hasbrouck

To get the deep scoop on items like Trusted Traveller, Passenger Name Recognition and other stern demands for traveller identity in real-time , visit 

You can also stay on top of regional action alerts to respond to increased demand for identity from the US Travel Association. c/o Emily Steel & Julia Angwin 

“The device, which attaches to an iPhone, an officer can snap a picture of a face from up to five feet away, or scan a person’s irises from up to six inches away, and do an immediate search to see if there is a match with a database of people with criminal records. The gadget also collects fingerprints.” 



As early as 2001, biometrics (iris scans and fingerprints) were pitched into the Senate ring as an amenity to control immigration.  An ad hoc public-private technology work group carried by the National Institute of Standards & Technology,  exactly like the groups today considering cyber identity governance[NSTIC],  came together and haggled over the best ways to deliver on roving biometric captures of would-be criminals. No privacy advocates made the work group cut.  Maybe some refused worry because the California DOJ was present for legal oversight.  [I believe that is an inequitable representation for the other 49 state’s interests affected by this policy group, but that’s just me…] From there the Dept of Commerce knighted the Mobil ID Work Group to complete their assessments and get their contractors on task.

As a result, taxpayers now get to pay police to license iPhones which also function like roving federal pre-crime database kiosks.   Gee, I wonder who the early adopters are?!!

Well, that would be the FBI.  There is a pecking order.


Today NIST will be evaluating the future implementation of what some are debating is a national ID system for the Internet.

Right now,  groups are assembling in Washington to add their 2 cents as to whether or not you are required to add your cyber ID to access account information on an energy smart grid or for your online banking. If you are poor or unemployed, they may require you to “voluntarily” adopt a government ID to access your benefits.  What are your concerns about this type of federal identity?

Data surveillance and privacy handling are also being discussed now.  If you aren’t part of that discussion or the work group, don’t worry.  You still have a voice in this matter.  Please see the details for public input below.

Here is second life for news that matters:

Cops to Get Facial Recognition Devices; Will They Need Warrants to Use Them?

Oakland Police equipped with body cameras

“[Capt. Ed Tracey]Tracey said the cameras are proving helpful to a budget-strapped police force that has reduced staff while covering what is still one of the country’s most dangerous cities, even though overall crime has trended downward.”



  • Washington D.C. — Homewood Suites by Hilton DC 1475 Massachussetts Ave. NW, 20005
  • July 13th, 14th, 15th; 8 AM – 5 PM  EDT 
  • c/o NIST’s, Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board—Presentations from Mississippi [Docket No. 110524296–1289–02],  
  • Topics include Cloud Security & Privacy panel and NSTIC Implementation plans

If you can’t make it to Washington D.C. you may add your personal comments on the NSTIC plan for cyber identity.  Comments are due by July 22nd, 2011.  

Detailed Public Notice here

Please address your comments to:

The National Institute of Standards & Technology
c/o Annie Sokol
100 Bureau Drive, Mailstop 8930,
Gaithersburg, MD 20899

Electronic comments can be sent to:

Special Instructions for Paper Submissions:

“Paper submissions should include a compact disc (CD).CDs should be labeled with the name and organizational affiliation of the filer and the name of the word processing program used to create the document.”

BTC – You have until exactly June 8th to contest the implementation of yet *ANOTHER* national ID  program, according to Cato, integrating the motor vehicle driver license records into E-Verify’s labor records databases.

You may submit comments, identified by docket number DHS-2011-0030 by one of the following methods:

Federal e-Rulemaking Portal:

Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

Fax: 703-483-2999.

Mail: Mary Ellen Callahan, Chief Privacy Officer, Privacy Office, Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC 20528.

Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number for this rulemaking. All comments received will be posted without change to,
including any personal information provided.

Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received go to


For general questions, please contact:
Janice Jackson, Acting Privacy Branch Chief, Verification Division,
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services,
Department of HomelandSecurity,
Washington, DC 20528.

For privacy issues please contact:
Mary Ellen Callahan (703-235-0780),
Chief Privacy Officer, Privacy Office,
Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC 20528.

Citizens opting out now may eventually possess national IDs for federal purposes

BTC – Several northeastern States are currently on the path of “self certification” or a State’s certification process of compliance with the Real ID benchmark process. Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Vermont, and Connecticut have all expressed intent to comply with Real ID regulations.

State certification is an interrim process for States to begin compliance with Real ID regulations.  12 states responded to an initial call for compliance certification in 2008.  The process involves several letters of approval, issued by a combination of State officials, the State Attorney General’s office and consent of a State’s Governor.

Federal funding to support State costs for Real ID certification initiatives was recently reinstated.  The National Conference of State Legislatures [NCSL] received a grant notice today for $45 million in Real ID appropriations.   State governments and licensing divisions who accept grants may buy into more biometric technology upgrades for licenses and to build database infrastructure.  DHS had previously omitted federal appropriations for Real ID in March, 2011.

The complicated process of national Real ID compliance is now encumbered by 25 States, who issued bans to the costs, policies and regulations.  Efforts to mitigate federal standards in states like California, who recently upgraded local licenses for federal acceptance by the TSA, allow license applicants to opt-out of a national or federal ID card. According to Molly Ramsdell at NCSL, states expecting to be certified by the next DHS deadline, will bring license holders into federal compliance, even if they opted out of the process originally.

Gold Starred Real ID “self certified” license

Northeastern residents in New York and New Jersey who may have opted out of the enhanced drivers license, containing an insecure RFID tag, and the federal ID program would be required to provide proof of citizenship to renew their licenses by 2013. Their ID cards may be used in the future for crossing continental borders, boarding airplanes or other purposes deemed by DHS, like logging into an online terminal with a universal digital identifier.

States engaged in the certification process may issue ID cards featuring a gold star, indicating the license is headed for DHS approval by the next deadline.   To date, no State has been officially certified or deemed materially compliant with Real ID regulations due DHS extension of the deadlines until January 15, 2013.

Big Thanks to my friends at for sending in this tip.

SEE ALSO: REAL ID protested in Clearwater, Fla. as part of the Eroded liberties series.

ALSO BAD: NJ & CT eat the chip on Real ID compliance.[I guess the State wants to keep the standard consistent for NY strip retirees who end up in Florida. ;)]

BTC – Thanks to Freedom’s Phoenix.

SEE ALSO: Rasmussen Poll shows 60%Reject Government ID for Online Security [NSTIC]

Digital ID News: The US isn’t ready for NSTIC & It’s all in the implementation

BTC — Maine has tread a rocky road to success and compromise towards resolving Real ID compliance and State boundaries. Rep. Ben Chipman, a freshman elected on an Independent ticket, used Maine’s legislative history and his experience on a local People’s Veto initiative to gain support and sponsorship for An Act To Protect the Privacy of Maine Residents under the Driver’s license Laws [LD-1068]. The bill has been recently re-worked to include an Amendment; which united partisan interests and gained a nod from the Governor.

Rep. Chipman discusses the bill, the Amendment, the legislative priorities for LD-1068 and Maine’s conflicted history with Real ID.