Social Security seen as next opening for national ID card

03/24/2010 | Wired.com

As states struggle to implement the high-tech drivers licenses required by the federal Real ID law, two senators are proposing a different approach. "We would require all U.S. citizens and legal immigrants who want jobs to obtain a high-tech, fraud-proof Social Security card," say Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who are basing their efforts on immigration reform rather than national security. But some privacy advocates insist the cards would eventually be required for more than just job seekers. "Because of the ID card's proposed universality, it will likely be requested and required by airlines, insurance agencies, health care providers, mortgage lenders, credit card companies, and so forth," says Richard Esguerra of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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