Re: driver license photo's online
- From: meltedown <groups2@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2005 03:43:40 GMT
heres the answer for ya:: Identifying documents are swiped or scanned to verify that their format adheres to the proprietary standards of issuing state motor vehicle departments and other government entities.
so what they are saying is it shows the card to be a valid card or not. it doesn't give anyone information per se, other than the card is a valid card.
But the article I read said that the terminal gave the person's name, address, etc. It was not a simple pass/fail.
The question is how the database company got the information, given that the state (Idaho) has a law against disclosing d/l information. And another question is how the state can justify paying a private entity for information that it has previously given it, illegally.
This company certainly gathers as much information as it can from many sources, and then collates it, increasing its value. Taking a person's name and associating it with this bit of information from one source, and another bit from another source, piecing a jigsaw puzzle together.
My recent experinces with geneaology tells me that there is a LOT of information you can gather about a person by linking loose threads from here and there. It also tells me that there is a LOT of misinformation available, and that sometimes it doesn't reveal itself to be false until it is carefully analyzed.
The danger can be illustrated by what actually happened to a friend a few years ago: He was pulled over at a routine traffic stop, and then hauled off to jail, because his driver's license had been revoked for failure to pay child support payments -- for a child 9 years younger than he was. His name and the name of the deadbeat dad were the same, and nobody checked any further to see if he was actually the right guy. The debris of that arrest are still coming back to haunt him whenever he tries to apply for veteran's benefits, pay income taxes, apply for a mortage, etc.
I've got a friend who has a warrant out for is arrest, only its not him. The SS# on the warrant is his, but he's white and the suspect is black. My friend travels alot and he carries a letter form his congressman explaining the situation. He still gets taken into custody every now and then.
What if you just say "I forgot" ?
Probably a good reason to give your kids unusual names. It's one thing to answer for your own mistakes. Quite another to be held accountable for someone else's.
This has caused a controversy here in Eugene. Seems the cops often asked for folks' social security numbers to "verify" the person is who they say they are. They imply that if it's not given, the person will go to jail. Of course, some folks refuse anyway. There are stories on the streets about people being arrested for not giving a soc. sec. #. The question is: is it legal to demand them?
One of the problems is that the SS number is usually a very good way to distinguish between people with similar names. So the police department looks at it as a convenience to the person involved, as well as to themselves. They do prefer to get the right guy (gal) if they are going to arrest someone.
But there were community members (myself included) who asked that the policy be changed, and it was. A new policy was hashed out with the participation of interested/vested community members. They now only ask for the ss # if there is any question that someone has a warrant out or may be arrested for a crime. And when they do ask, they must tell the person that they don't have to give it to them.
Apparently, this is a "1st" in the country. Most departments don't have any policy at all about asking for soc. sec #s. It's done all all across the country, but there are no policies about it?
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