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REAL ID Rule Represents Worst of Both Worlds

Final regulations issued by the Department of Homeland Security have rendered the REAL ID Act, intended to strengthen processes for issuance of driver’s licenses nationwide, virtually useless as a security measure, while exacerbating privacy problems, CDT concluded in a comprehensive analysis of the rules, which were issued last month. CDT is urging Congress to enact legislation addressing concerns…

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Government Fails to Enforce Privacy on New IDs

Balancing national security and civil liberties requires delicate diplomacy to ensure a balance between legitimate security needs and the privacy rights of Americans. Since 9/11, preserving that balance has been ignored and forgotten. Earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security had a chance to get it right when it released new rules for implementing the Real ID Act….

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Senate Resumes Debate on Wiretap Rules

The Senate this week plans to resume debate on legislation setting rules for government surveillance of communications between people in the U.S. and targets abroad. Two competing bills and possible amendments offer different approaches to Executive Branch power, judicial supervision of intelligence agency activities, and the role of telecommunications companies in assisting warrantless surveillance after 9/11. CDT has…

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DHS Releases Final Regulations for REAL ID Act

Department of Homeland Security today released its final regulations to implement the REAL ID Act. As CDT expected, based on the proposed regulations published last March, the final rules direct how states will issue driver’s licenses but fail to provide meaningful privacy and security requirements for personal information collected, stored and shared within the REAL ID system. CDT has…

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