California Suspends RFID ID Legislation

California lawmakers recently suspended legislation to embed RFID chips in driver’s licenses and identifications after receiving numerous complaints from privacy groups.

The Assembly Appropriations Committee deferred the legislation after it had already been approved by the California Senate. California would have joined the ranks of Michigan, New York, Vermont and Washington, all of whom have already begun embedding RFID chips into their IDs and linking them to a national database controlled by Homeland Security.

While the RFID-enabled IDs could conveniently be used to re-enter the US at Canada or Mexico without a passport, privacy advocates fear that if more and more states embrace the technology, we will soon live in a country where there is constant government surveillance tracking the public’s movements.

However, the RFID ID would have been optional for Californians and could have greatly improved the lives of those who frequently visit nearby Mexico. Still, privacy advocates, such as Jim Harper, the Cato Institute’s director of information policy studies, stated, “Californians should not walk — they should run away from ‘enhanced’ drivers licenses.”

So, do you think RFID IDs are meant for the convenience of both travelers and border patrol? Or are they a part of a grad Orwellian scheme to be able to constantly track the public? You decide! Share your thoughts by commenting below, or on our Facebook or twitter pages.