Feb, 22, 2013
House Bill 1559 – NO RFID IN OUR ID!
HB1559 by Rep. Paul Wesselhoft would prohibit the state Public Safety Department from installing Radio Frequency Identification tracking technology in a driver’s license or state-issued identification card.
What is RFID? Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chips are very small information technology devices that are attached or embedded into anything that needs to be tracked or identified. RFID is great for tracking of objects, goods, and inventory.
In 2007, the Govt. Accountability Office official warned that:
“Once a particular individual is identified through an RFID tag, personally identifiable information can be retrieved from any number of sources and then aggregated to develop a profile of the individual. Both tracking and profiling can compromise an individual’s privacy”
HB1559 has been sent to the House Transportation Committee. However, the Chairman of the committee, Rep. Charlie Joyner, refuses to schedule the bill to be heard (which is very odd since he voted FOR this very same piece of legislation in the past!)
Please email or call Rep. Joyner the member of the Transportation Committee and ask that he please give HB1559 a hearing. Do this right away! If this bill is not scheduled on Tuesday Feb. 26-it will die.
Chairman House Transportation Committee Rep. Charlie Joyner firstname.lastname@example.org (405) 557-7314
Tell him that:
• The state of Oklahoma already prohibits the implantation of RFID microchips in human beings.
• RFID on our driver’s license and state ID cards would be the next best thing to actually implanting them in our bodies because we carry our ID documents with us everywhere we go.
• RFID readers are becoming more and more prevalent and will eventually enable tracking us wherever we go revealing our travels, habits and associations.
• Tagging and tracking of human beings is inappropriate and violates our right to privacy.
• AND remind him that he voted FOR this legislation before!
RFID is for inventory, NOT human beings!