With apologies to Benjamin Franklin…

"Those who would give up their freedom for a little temporary convenience deserve neither freedom nor convenience."


Unanswered questions…

We are all familiar with those unilateral “take it or leave it” technology "terms of service" agreements that essentially strip our fundamental freedoms and allow third-party corporations to access, download, aggregate, sell, and repurpose the details of our lives in exchange for accessing entertainment, communication with others, and purchasing goods and services.

All courtesy of electronic devices that can continuously track our locations in real-time and provide data from several sensors, including microphones, cameras, and biometric devices. Where you have purchased and own the hardware, but lease the chip-embedded firmware and software.

Essentially we do not know who is listening, what is being recorded and stored, what security protections are in place, who has access, and what third-party data will be added after the fact.

What makes such surveillance and data collection difficult is an absolute government-issued identifier like a Social Security Number, Passport Number, or Driver’s License. Even the use of vendor-generated GUIDs (Globally Unique IDentifiers) is ineffective because while they can link output data to the devices that were used to create files, they still lack an “absolute” connection to an individual’s identity.

It is known that the major credit repositories and medical information exchange bureaus have your Social Security Number, Driver’s License, and other non-public personal information; but they are not linked to real-time devices and transactions.

This may be changed in the near future if California implements a “Digital Driver’s License” program…

Assembly Bill A.B. 1503, authored by the uber-progressive open borders advocate Miguel Santiago, a progressive socialist Democrat from the predominantly Hispanic East Los Angeles area, who has authored legislation that would create a Digital Drivers License and ID pilot program?

This is the same radical Assembly Member that joined a radical socialist, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón, to create and advance legislation that would stop crimes committed by minors from later being used against them in adult proceedings. Assembly Bill 1127 also allows people to petition the court for resentencing if their prior juvenile record was used to enhance an adult felony conviction. It is a stunningly bad idea because Mexican gangs often use minors to commit crimes, including murders knowing that juveniles are treated less harshly than adults.

The beginning of the end of privacy in California...

Introduced by Assembly Member Santiago -- February 19, 2021

An act to add Article 6 (commencing with Section 13020) to Chapter 1 of Division 6 of the Vehicle Code, relating to vehicles.


AB 1503, as amended, Santiago. Digital driver’s licenses and identification cards.

Existing law requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue to a person a driver’s license as applied for when the department determines that the applicant is lawfully entitled to a license.

Existing law requires the license to state specified information, including the true name, age, and mailing address of the licensee and a brief description and engraved picture or photograph of the licensee for the purpose of identification.

Existing law authorizes the department to issue an identification card to any person attesting to their true full name, correct age, and other identifying data as certified by the applicant for the identification card.

This bill would authorize the department to establish a pilot program to evaluate the use of mobile or digital alternatives to driver’s licenses and identification cards if specified requirements are met including that the Department of the California Highway Patrol approve alternative licenses and that the pilot program be completed no later than January 1, 2028.

The bill would require that the department limit data exchanged between the department and any electronic device or provider of an electronic device, as specified.

The bill would authorize the department to evaluate the use of private industry partners in the conduct of the pilot program, as specified.

The bill would authorize the department to include the issuance of Real ID driver’s licenses and identification cards in the pilot program upon authorization of the United States Secretary of Homeland Security.

The bill would require the department, if it conducts the pilot program, to submit a report to the Legislature, as specified. <Source>

A stunningly bad idea…

Given the safety and security of information contained in government databases, the number of former intelligence and law enforcement officers who have infiltrated the organizations of likely system providers, and the present security of mobile devices, this is a bad idea and should be stopped before it strips individuals of their fundamental right to enjoy citizenship without being molested by the government-- in particular the progressive socialist democrats who believe they have the moral superiority to dictate how you should live your life.

Bottom line…

Without a fundamental statement of your digital rights and mandatory harsh penalties, without plea bargains, for those government and corporate officials who abuse access to electronic devices and use your data without explicit permission, you are screwed.

Especially if the data is processed and conveyed to foreign nations where it remains beyond American jurisdiction. Like the information on all government workers, including information obtained in classified background checks for security clearances, that was taken from the Office of Personnel Management by the Chinese Government.

Our digital privacy is tenuous at best, do not allow your remaining freedoms to be stripped away. Do not be Californicated. 

-- steve

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