Ontario released it’s new high-tech driver’s licence today. It is supposed to be much more secure than existing licences, with new security features like:
Just wondering – aren’t all bar codes two dimensional? Every one I’ve ever seen has height and width – otherwise there wouldn’t really be anything to scan. But the other features sound secure…I guess.
But here’s the kicker – the Ontario government is hoping that US Homeland Security will allow the new (secure) licences as legitimate travel documents (in lieu of passports). However, in order to do so, citizenship information must be encoded onto the driver’s licence.
Whoa! Let the profiling begin. For instance, the government could analyze traffic offences vs. country of birth. Insurance companies might figure out that certain countries produce poor drivers for Ontario conditions and surreptitiously hike rates.
The government (specifically, law enforcement) could generate a list of all driver’s from Iraq, Iran or whichever country might be defined as a threat (?!!) to the west and do what? I don’t know, but the fact that a list such as this could be generated is frightening.
Not sure it’s a good idea to lump most (all) personal information into a single source. We’re worried about identity theft and the solution is to put more information in one place?! That’s kind of like grouping all the planes at Pearl Harbor into the centre of the field. It solved a small problem (local sabotage) and opened the door to a much greater problem (bombs from the sky).
Just a few passing thoughts.
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