CNet is reporting that national ID cards may be effectively on the way. Frankly, I don’t get it. The article says only that states must comply with federal antiterrorist standards by 2008. It doesn’t actually say that the federal government will be implementing a national ID card. Even so, who cares?
If you have a drivers license now, there’s a strong chance you have a bar code and/or magnetic information encoded on the card itself already. So the federal government will be mandating the standard containing that information? While I think it’s probably a waste of time and resources, I just don’t get all the hubbub about privacy because it is just a standard – the state will still be controlling the process.
And assuming the process follows its logical course, and one day the federal government has accesss to all that data? It doesn’t really matter, does it? Do you really think that they don’t have access to the data now?