28 March 2012
USA: EPIC FOIA Request
Seeks Homeland Security Documents
In a related matter, EPIC has filed a lawsuit to obtain information
from the TSA on its biometric identity card proposal (see EPIC
Alert 9.05). EPIC is also seeking further information about
draft legislation that would link the driver's license expiration
date to visa status, which the Office of Homeland Security is
reported to be
preparing for various states to adopt.
Both proposals from the Office of Homeland Security implicate
serious privacy and security risks. One proposal contemplates
creating a new federally-issued identity card using biometric
identification that has significant privacy implications; the
other aims at expanding the purpose of a driver's license into
a realm that has nothing to do with
road safety. There is a strong public interest in understanding how these proposals are being formulated, and assessing the potential privacy implications of such proposals requires full and informed public debate on the design and purpose of the new systems. EPIC believes that substantive proposals from the Office of Homeland
Security involving important constitutional values and rights should be subject to public oversight.
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