The Identification Security Enhancement Act (S. 4117) replaces REAL ID with language from the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (P.L. 108-458), which took a more measured approach in mandating tougher standards for drivers’ licenses and identification cards by requiring that the new guidelines be developed by a shared rulemaking process that would involve all key stakeholders, including state governments and privacy experts.
It’s really great to see some bi-partisan support for our rights for a change. I particularly like the fact that both state governments and privacy experts will be involved. It gives me hope that should this bill pass we’ll actually end up with something sane.
[Via EFF: Deep Links]