E-Verify mark-up tomorrow (thurs) Travel implications?

Discussion in 'Civil Rights & Privacy' started by Sunny Goth, Sep 15, 2011.

  1. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    I don't know how many of you track e-verify, but it's a nasty bit of goods.

    Here's an article from today from the Rutherford Institute about it.
    Does E-Verify Create a De Facto National ID?

    The mark-up is tomorrow - Thurs. Sept. 15th.

    HR 2885 originally contained a prohibition against using the database for anything other than employment. That prohibition has now been removed and a new section added that allows the database to be used to 'protect critical infrastructure' . That term is defined broadly and it's not clear what it means in practice. Could it be used to screen air travelers? Maybe. This database has a lot of errors so if your name and other info is in the e-verify database incorrectly you may not be allowed to access 'critical infrastructure', possibly including being able to fly.

    Time to contact your congress people. Here's a list of the people on the judiciary committee that you can contact. The ACLU has an action form that you can use to send in. It's here.

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  2. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    In other words, in effect it is a work permit. :td:

    On top of that, a druggie who can't get a work permit will really be screwed -- no work, no welfare. :D
  3. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    That prohibition wouldn't matter anyway. The passage I posted by Erik Larson a week or so ago shows that all data always will merge with other data and will always be used at some point to harm somebody in the group.

    Here -- I'll repost:

    By Erik Larson, author of many books, including THE NAKED CONSUMER in 1992 (pub Henry Holt), about privacy and data collection, from p. 14 of the book:

    My research for this book convinced me there are four universal laws governing the flow of data collected about individuals, which I call the 'laws of data dynamics':
    1. Data must seek and merge with complementary data.
    2. Data always will be used for purposes other than originally intended.
    3. Data collected about individuals will be used to cause harm to one or more members of the group who provided the information or about whom it was collected, be it minor (the short-term aggravation of a 'junk call' during dinner) or major (the sorrow of getting a free sample of formula just after your miscarriage).
    4. Confidential information is confidential only until someone decides it's not.
  4. Cartoon Peril

    Cartoon Peril Original Member

    Biggest threat to critical infrastructure is the refusal of the government to raise taxes to properly fund its upkeep, repair, and replacement. Meanwhile the excuse of immigration control gets turned on the general population. First they came for the illegals ...
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  5. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    This certainly is a trend. Some laws are pretty robust though, such as the Video Privacy Protection Act. There are others. We've also managed to delay Real ID (both on financial and privacy grounds).

    E-verify is another that needs to be delayed and then stopped.
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