The new licenses can be read from up to 30' away and at the last minute, nearly all privacy protections were stripped from the bill mandating them.
Up until a few days ago, the EDL program proposed in the bill would have prohibited companies from requiring employees to get EDLs, or discriminating against those who refused to get them. The bill also required the unique ID number stored in the RFID tag to be encrypted or otherwise protected from unauthorized reading.
...At the 11th hour, the legislature stripped nearly all the privacy protections. The only security that remains is a DMV-issued sleeve for the card that’s supposed to block RFID readers. But at least one study showed that these sleeves don’t completely block EDLs from being read—they just require someone to get a little closer. And worse yet, now an employer can force its employees to apply for this privacy nightmare, or risk termination.
If you live in California, please call the following legislators and let them know you don’t support the privacy-invasive amendments made to S.B. 249.
Senator Hueso: (916) 651-4040
Assemblymember Stone: (916) 319-2029
Assemblymember Alejo: (916) 319-2030
Assemblymember Chau: (916) 319-2049
Assemblymember Chiu: (916) 319-2017
Assemblymember Holden: (916) 319-2041
California: Protect Your Driver's License Privacy
[Jeremy Gillula and Dave Maass/EFF]
(Image: Blue and Purple RFID tag, Midnightcomm, CC-BY)
FBI needs to be able to hack into your iphone, Trump’s sham AG William Barr says
China technologi firm Xiaomi says it has fully resolved the security issue that led to Google ‘disabling’ integration across its platforms. Xiaomi cameras connected to its security cameras were showing feeds from random homes . Now that the Chinese firm says it’s all sorted out, Google integrations are now re-enabled. I’m sure everything is totally […]
I live in the rural Southwest, and the recent news that trucking company U-Haul has decided to stop hiring people who smoke cigarettes is a big deal around here. People with few financial options tend to be the ones who take jobs as truckers and the like; those tend to be the same populations who […]
Anyone who loves biking, skiing, or snowboarding in the great outdoors knows just how difficult it can be to safely transport your gear—especially during extended trips. These three accessories make it easier than ever to securely attach your gear to your car. So if you’re planning to embark on a outdoor adventure soon, you’d be […]
It seems like AI is everywhere these days, from the voice recognition software in our personal assistants to the ads that pop up seemingly at just the right time. But believe it or not, the field is still in its infancy. That means there’s no better time to get in on the ground floor. The […]