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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Michigan Rep Calls for RFID Review

    By apackof2, Section News
    Posted on Thu Apr 09, 2009 at 09:41:57 AM EST
    Tags: RFID, drivers licence, privacy, HCR 6, Opsommer, big brother (all tags)

    Why is Michigan set to issue new Enhanced Drivers' Licenses (EDLs) that include long-range RFID (Radio Frequency ID) technology?

    By Hugh D' Andrade

    That's the question that
    Michigan Rep. Paul Opsommer
    wants answered.

    Michigan entering into a federal agreement to put unencrypted, long range RFID computer chips into our driver's licenses presents a huge privacy risk with very little benefit. I don't think we need RFID in our licenses period, but even if we did, there is absolutely no reason it couldn't be short range and encrypted.

    Rep. Opsommer has good reason for concern. Studies have found that the long-range RFIDs embedded in the new IDs broadcast a unique number that can be relatively easy to assemble.
    [ie Radio Shack]

    Michigan citizens who carry the IDs could be easily concerned about being tracked when they attend a political rally, go to a gun show, or take part in any controversial activity.

    Pointing to a recent groundswell of resistance to RFID in Canada, Opsommer is calling for Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm to use her power to review Michigan's agreement with the federal government:
    The Governor can get us out of this agreement with thirty days notice before a single one of these licenses is issued. I am asking her to do just that so that the entire agreement can be reviewed by her new Chief Privacy Officer and the legislature.

    Thanks to Rep. Opsommer for standing up for his constituents!

    In addition to the above article I just received this via my e-mail

    ....Sheriff Richard Mack gave  a presentation to the regional Michigan Sheriffs Association and to a local high school gymnasium full of voters.  Below was ONE of the items of discussion.  

     Michigan State House Concurrent Resolution 6.  [Opsommer ]

    It is my hope (and prayer) that you'll look this over and please consider contacting any/all of our Michigan state senators to support the attached resolution pertaining to drivers licenses (HCR 6)

    This issue is complex and disturbing. Its been simmering since 1995 in DC and now is at the door here in Michigan! Also please pass it on.

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    For a government that hasn't... (none / 0) (#1)
    by KG One on Thu Apr 09, 2009 at 06:27:31 PM EST
    ...given a rat's behind about protecting our nation's borders (see Exhibit "A": the unchecked invasion of illegal aliens across our southern border), EDL's are a slap in the face to freedom-loving Americans


    Bar Codes?

    Why not just tattoo a number on my arm and call it a day?

    Oh yeah, That was tried before.

    This isn't really a big deal. (none / 0) (#2)
    by John Galt on Thu Apr 09, 2009 at 07:05:51 PM EST
    Barcodes and tattoos?  This isn't permanently affixed to you.  It's on a drivers license.  There's no requirement for it to actually work.  

    I imagine it's related to the deal made to allow Michigan residents to use their DL's as passports to go to Canadia.

    I'm not worried that someone like me could create a device to scan the thing across the airwaves.  There's a much simpler technique to ensure your privacy:

    Just like the passport RFIDs - you bust the thing with a hammer.


    • Maybe. by thejmfc, 04/10/2009 02:32:18 AM EST (none / 0)
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