Saturday, May 11, 2013

National ID system comes a step closer to reality after 'plan for biometric database of all Americans' is revealed

The immigration bill under review by the Senate Judiciary Committee could mandate the creation of a national biometric database to identify residents in the U.S.

The technology referred to simply as a 'photo tool,' in the proposed legislation presented on Thursday, would be used to verify the identity of employees before they were hired to ensure they were in the country legally.

Privacy experts have sounded the alarm that the national database would further usher in the era of 'Big Brother' government by allowing authorities to track residents, described by one analyst as 'a government version of Foursquare.'