According to CNN.com's story on the topic, Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano is currently pursuing a way to "repeal Real ID." Although the plan to improve and standardize the current plethora of State issued ID cards available to citizens and nonresidents is currently slated to go into effect in May 2011, it may be in danger of being scrapped.
We in the industry feel that this is a step backward because of the inherent benefits the Real ID Act would afford any ID card issuing entity. Enhancements in the ID card's security would prevent or at least make it harder for would-be counterfeiters to forge documents.
Groups and individuals who oppose Real ID cite privacy concerns as the main reason it should not reach implementation.
We say: Why not step into the future of ID (or the European present) and add contactless chip technology? If you have privacy concerns regarding the transmission of the data on the card, there are many ways to protect it. Using a SkimSAFE is one of those protection methods.
Take responsibility for your own privacy and stop depending on governmental action and programs to do it for you. The risk of minor data loss is far less concerning than is a whole new generation of non-enhanced ID cards without interoperability or anti-counterfeit upgrades.