Texas State Invasive Driver’s Licensing

Prepare your sphincter... (photo courtesy <a href=http://www.usanetwork.com/house>USAnetwork</a>)
Prepare your sphincter... (photo courtesy USAnetwork)

Moving to Texas? Plan to drive? Then prepare your sphincter!

To get a license, even as someone who already has an out-of-state license, you have to bring an enormous amount of paperwork with you. You can see the details on their webpage, but what makes it a truly rectal experience is when they ask for your Social Security information and take your fingerprints. Last I checked, I'm not applying for a job with the DMV nor am I a criminal so what reason or right do they have to either of these pieces of information?

The False Dilema people would just say, "if you don't like it, don't get a license and walk or ride a bike", but I'm quite certain that it's not unreasonable to ask them to put away the latex gloves.

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Australian Schools Force Fingerprint ID – To Students: Beat It With Gummi Bears

So the first problem is that Australia is in a head-to-head race with the UK to see which country can lose their freedoms first. The newest chapter in this sad saga of Australia's descent into becoming a China clone is a high school that requires fingerprint identification for students to check in.

Though the privacy violating principal foolishly thought that by tracking fingerprints he could defeat students who used other students to "swipe in" for them previously. However, research which is available online shows how to defeat these with only gummi bears.

So if you're an Australian student at Gosford's Henry Kendall High School who thinks this privacy invasion is crap, check out this article that shows the research you can use to defeat the fingerprint scanners.

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Car Dealership Forces Thumbprints to Sell a Car?

In my last experience buying a car, they tried to take my Social Security Number even though I had financing from someone else. If I hadn't been who I am, I might have allowed it, but I didn't. I fought them for a half hour and nearly left the place until a manager got involved and saw the writing on the wall.

Now, it's getting worse. Public Citizen's blog points to an article about a car dealership that data-abuses customers for their thumbprints before selling them a car. First seen at banks, the practice seems to be spreading.

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Some US Schools Fingerprint Students

Schools have our kids confused with criminals [<a href=http://www.bigbrotherwatch.org.uk/home/2010/01/another-school-starts-fingerprinting-students.html>img src</a>].
Schools have our kids confused with criminals [img src].

In a recent newsletter, the Electronic Frontier Foundation writes:

Despite complaints from privacy advocates and parents, schools in states across the country are considering using fingerprint scans to track students. Kids at Sandlapper Elementary in Columbia, South Carolina, have their fingerprints scanned to pay for their breakfast and check out library books, while officials at the Hope Elementary School District in Santa Barbara, California, have just announced similar plans to use finger scans to charge students for their lunches.

Let's be clear about this: People need anonymity. It is up to the individual to decide whether to disclose that they were at a particular place, associate with particular people, or are involved in particular events. That's what it means to be innocent until proven guilty.

This is really simple folks: Criminals lose all their rights, law abiding citizens retains them all. For the necessity of investigation, people who can be reasonably suspected of being involved in wrong-doing can be looked at more closely (with a warrant), but other than that, no government body should be tracking, monitoring, or data mining information about anyone.

Privacy invading technology must always be resisted when it comes to kids because if they grow up with it, they'll never realize they're being treated like cattle or common criminals. They'll get used to it and then it will become the norm.

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