Friday, March 10, 2006


Identification should be biometrically validated

The technology now exists such that identification systems in the U.S. should be required to be biometrically validated. The internet infrastructure is at the point where a web based validation service can be implemented by the IRS and Social Security Services. Biometric scanners capable of scanning either a fingerprint or retina are now common enough that requiring their use should not bring any undue costs upon businesses or government service agencies. These devices have been refined and proven reliable enough in their use for security purposes, there should be no reason why they can't be implemented for further securing personal information.

For biometric validation to work, it would require biometric registration. Biometric registration should be done at a state office when one turns 18, most likely at a licencing facility. This can be completed along with selective services registration. For older individuals, having biometric validation can be done with renewal of their drivers licence.

Biometric validation should also be required for immigration visas as well. This way it should be possible to verify who is entering and leaving the country.

Benefits of biometric validation in documentation:
Securing personal data: with a biometric key (a fingerprint) associated with a social security number, it will make it nearly impossible for identity thieves to use your social security number. If it necessary to replace a lost or stolen ID, all you may need to do is have your thumb scanned.

Employment tracking and taxes: No fraudulent work visas or bogus social security numbers. If an I.D. bounces back negative for a key (repeated fails, in case of a bad scan) during validation, the company cannot legally hire that person. In order to hire that person, the company will have to file an exemption. In which case examiners should be used to verify whether that person has a legal right to employment in the U.S.

National security:
The validation and key data may also be used to track fugitive criminals. They may not be able to find a job and hide out elsewhere in the country. This tracking data may also be used in obtaining social services, so a criminal cannot hide out while recieving welfare.

Immigration and customs:
Biometrics associated with a work visa can be used to assist the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in finding those who overstay their visas. This can be done by cross-examining validation histories of both employers and social services.

Expense tracking:
If foreigners on visas are using social services, it could be possible to track costs from non-citizens and then deduct those costs from any benefits provided to their country of origin. If the U.S. is not providing any financial assistance to that country, this could be implemented as a teriff on goods from that particular country.

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