Archive for the ‘identity’ Category

BTC- The following tale falls into the “when biometrics doesn’t solve all your immigration actor problems” category.

c/o The League of Ordinary Gentlemen

So, in April of 2011, ICE proceeded to deport a 14-year-old American citizen, who spoke no Spanish but apparently spoke excellent colloquial English, to Colombia. It took her grandmother and the Dallas Police nearly a year of searching to find her. Jakadrian was issued a work card by the Colombian government, and has been working as a house cleaner ever since her arrival in (I assume) Bogota. There is some issue in Colombia, which is holding on to the now 16-year-old American citizen; perhaps she has been accused of a crime there. But she’s not home yet, more than a year after she ran away and not quite a year since she was deported out of her own nation.


RELATED: Congress pushes Biometrics

P.S.  No amount of identity will ever be enough.

c/o JP

BTC- There are those who want to be tracked and surveilled.  It’s a fact.

The following article is about a Silicon Valley biotech corporate collective who wants to see if they can even technically achieve the ends, regardless of the means, to trace every iota of biometric information you might emit.


Our Incredible Shrinking Constitution
JULY, 4 2011

Here is second life for news that matters: 


WASHINGTON – Tomorrow, Administration officials will host a press conference call at 11:45 AM EDT to discuss a green paper report released by the Commerce Department’s Internet Policy Task Force that proposes a new policy framework to strengthen cybersecurity protections for businesses online that fall outside of the critical infrastructure sector.  

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, along with White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt, Internet Policy Task Force Chair Cameron Kerry and Internet Policy Advisor of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Ari Schwartz, will join the call to outline the strategy and key components of the report, as well as answer reporters’ questions. 

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.

By Sheila Dean 

What would life be like in America if a political group could simply doubt you out of your citizenship and subsequently, your rights? What would happen if they didn’t like: your race, your parents, your State of origin or who you were married to? If the Birthers were a smashing success, you could share President Obama’s fate.

Currently, anyone born in the United States is a citizen by right of the 14th Amendment. 
The Birther movement has exhibited relentless challenge to President Obama’s U.S. citizenship. The strategy of the Birther movement has been to displace the current United States President by annulling his birth records. A successful PR campaign has driven doubt about Obama’s birth certificate into many AmericansThe Birthers reject Obama’s current electronic birth record held by the State of Hawaii.   In a worst case scenario, if Obama’s citizenship was disproven, the Birther movement might call for an ex-officiated President to be expediently deported for being an “illegal alien immigrant”.  We can not speculate where he would be sent, since he is an American. 
According to CNN, Obama’s birth documents pre-date the electronic records system in Hawaii.  Obama’s mother is also a US citizen, born in the Continental United States. This is still not good enough for Donald Trump and the Birthers he serves. 
Obama’s birth record contest mimics a nightmare trip to and from a Florida DMV window; where it seems no amount of identity proof will ever be enough.
The Florida DMV has become notorious for turning away women and the elderly from attaining drivers licenses or ID cards because they can’t substantiate “adequate” documentation. The State of Florida is adherent to Real ID requirements for very specific citizenship articles and identity documentation, as well as mountains of supplemental information as proof of residency.  Often proof of citizenship and marriage records pre-date acknowledgement by “updated” systems, if you have been around long enough.  Residency? Birth Certificate? Marriage Certificate? Soldier? At times this is not nearly enough for the State of Florida to give you a license to drive.
An American birth certificate is also a private identity document. Posting a copy online is not something most of us would do; yet the President has indulged the Birther community by doing so.  If the US President’s identity is compromised, stolen or misappropriated by common criminal identity thieves, the matter becomes an issue of national security.  The common risk remains.  If you repeatedly flash certain documentation enough, it will inevitably tempt identity thieves. There is risk to you through over-exposure or repeated sharing through insecure DMV databases in Real ID compliant states
In a best case scenario, you hope having a birth certificate and a social security card are enough to procure the gold standard for national-to-international passage, the US Passport. Surely, this would ensure your ability to sail through all inquiry into your legal identity.  However, right now, a birth certificate alone will not relieve you from the run on proof of private information to gain a passport.  The TSA and the US State Department have teamed up on an exhaustively intrusive questionnaire for passport applicants.  This may require you to prove the last 7 years of employment and status of circumcision if you are male.   
Not everyone who wants identity information deserves an answer.  It’s bizarrely disenchanting see the POTUS cave in to an incessant demand for birth certificate verification by a politically motivated group bent on his displacement.  Why would Obama go along with this type of juvenile ultimatum?  Birthers are the same type of  people who can’t be satisfied with enough evidence of ANY US citizenship- no matter how much or how often you prove it to them.
Americans aren’t required to agree, or even like, Obama’s policies or his politics. In fact, he is responsible for backing over his own civil liberties by signing the reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act and continued warrantless data gathering efforts.  His Administration has a lot in common with the Birthers nipping at his heels afterall.
However, if the Birther movement were allowed to displace a US President for “inadequate documentation”, wouldn’t it force a weird new standard of subjectivity into the handling of United States citizenship?  What if a group of US residents decided you shouldn’t have rights?  Could they could simply launch a private campaign effort to dispell your citizenship as if it were a myth and then expect the State’s highest offices play along with it? 
Don’t be a fool.  American citizenship should not be reduced to some blithe Statist game of,“I’ll show you mine, if you show me yours”.
Just because Obama put his birth certificate online, does not mean we should give the Administration unlimited access to our private identity articles.  The President waiving his rights, doesn’t require you to waive yours.


For Immediate Release
SF Entertainment Commission New Surveillance Rules to Impact Privacy, Venues

WHO:  Anyone with professional and recreational pursuits concerning entertainment in the City of San Francisco, Calif. 
WHAT:   Public input and review of rules containing increased police and surveillance forces at entertainment venues in San Francisco 
WHEN: Tuesday, April 12th  6:00 PM 
WHERE: San Francisco -City Hall: RM 400, 1 Dr.  Carlton B. Goodlett Place 
WHY:  It impacts business, tourism and San Francisco’s culture. 
HOW:  Show up to City Hall, sign up and be prepared to give input  about the how your information would be handled by local venues and the police.
For comments and information: 
Deborah Pierce for Privacy Activism 


San Francisco’s Entertainment Commission will soon be considering a jaw-dropping attack on privacy and free assembly. Here are some of the rules the Commission may adopt for any gathering of people expected to reach 100 or more:
“3. All occupants of the premises shall be ID Scanned (including patrons, promoters, and performers, etc.). ID scanning data shall be maintained on a data storage system for no less than 15 days and shall be made available to local law enforcement upon request. 

4. High visibility cameras shall be located at each entrance and exit point of the premises. Said cameras shall maintain a recorded data base for no less than fifteen (15 days) and made available to local law enforcement upon request.”