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Is my Oklahoma Driver’s License a Biometric ID?

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Kaye Beach


I admit that I am astonished to discover that many people in the Great State of Oklahoma do not yet understand that their Oklahoma state driver’s license and ID cards are biometric.

I am not really surprised anymore when I find that sometimes people don’t care, but I am really shaken up when I find that they don’t know.

Here is the problem, we cannot begin to have an intelligent and informed discussion about the pros and cons of biometric ID (for ordinary law-abiding people) if we do not even understand that we are currently being subjected to it – And we MUST have this conversation!

The faces of more than 120 million people are in searchable photo databases that state officials assembled to prevent driver’s-license fraud but that increasingly are used by police to identify suspects, accomplices and even innocent bystanders in a wide range of criminal investigations. . . . But law enforcement use of such facial searches is blurring the traditional boundaries between criminal and non-criminal databases, putting images of people never arrested in what amount to perpetual digital lineups. The most advanced systems allow police to run searches from laptop computers in their patrol cars and offer access to the FBI and other federal authorities.’ (Source: The Washington Post, June 17, 2013 State photo-ID databases become troves for police)

The current uses of biometric ID on the population is pretty tame compared to the planned and possible uses of the technology in the future. Right now we are blindly blundering ahead without looking at where we are headed.

Biometric simply means measurement of the body. Fingerprints, digital photos, iris scans and DNA are all examples of biometrics.

Explainer: what-is-biometric-id

Every couple of years we hit another REAL ID deadline set by the Department of Homeland Security and the news media explodes with sensational stories about how ‘soon’ we will not be able to fly or enter federal buildings. (To put it simply, there is no danger of any serious disruption for most people any time soon.)

I guess I shouldn’t view these roving deadlines with such dread but instead look at them as an opportunity to educate people on the issue because, at least for a short time, because they are terrified of being inconvenienced, they are paying attention to this policy that otherwise lurks in obscurity.

I am addressing just one fact in this post:

Oklahoma’s state driver’s licenses and ID cards ARE biometric ID’s

You must submit to a fingerprint scan and facial biometric captured in order to receive a driver’s license or ID card in this state.

Oklahoma biometric driver’s licenses made their  public “debut” in 2003-4


2004 OK Biometric license

In 2010, the Department of Public Safety documents technical information regarding their collection of biometric data including the size of finger and face biometric template files and the size of its “facial recognition database” (See page 3 and 4)

DPS 2010 rfi facial rtecognition database

None of this is hidden or a mystery of any sort.  in fact, the Department of Public Safety is quite open about some uses of its biometric ID. Like for instance, the fact that if you have your face and finger with you, you can get a replacement license without any documentation of your identity.

How? Because with biometrics, your body is your ID.

DPS memo biometrics

Biometric data, especially facial biometrics,  is extremely sensitive information that can be used to accomplish a great deal of surveillance and control over our personal affairs. It is important that we know what it is, who has it and how it is being used.

Downloadable 1 page explainer

Oklahoma’s Driver’s License is a Biometric ID docx


PMP’ing Your Info and Privacy Now Alaska Show Notes

Kaye Beach

May 14, 2011

Show Notes from May 13,2011-The Alaska Privacy Rebellion

  • Contact information for Alaska legislators in support of Alaska’s privacy bill
  • Oklahoma school finger scanning
  • Texas TSA NO TOUCH Bill
  • Arizona Finger scanning for drugs
  • Nationwide Electronic Prescription Monitoring Program

Giaimo says his reason for campaigning for a strong privacy bill is simple.

“After about five years of education and testing, studying and preparation, I was in the last two days of my requirements to actually get my certification as a state CPA. I would certified for the rest of my life as a CPA”Jason and Horst invited us to let Alaska legislators know that we care about this bill.

Alaska Senate Bill 98 has been introduced to make it illegal for companies to gather and maintain prints, scans or other private information without the prior, informed consent of the person.

Send an email to all legislators.  Click HERE ( or send an email to aklegislators@privacynowalaska.org )and you can send directly to all the Alaska State legislators.  Please be polite and respectful in your email.


Oklahoma schools finger scanning for lunches;

Kids Are Giving Oklahoma Schools the Finger

Arizona -On the show tonight we mentioned Arizona and a plan to force patients to submit to a finger scan in order to get their prescriptions.  This is an ordinance being proposed by law enforcement in the Arizona city of Peoria AZ.

City official point out that fingerprinting is routinely  required for at such places as scrap metal dealerships for those selling more that 25.00 worth of scrap.

You know what is wrong with this?  It disregards a fundamental aspect of our justice system-PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE!   Without presumption innocence you also lose your right to privacy and your basic right to be left alone.  This is preemptive policing at its worst-everyone is guilty until proven otherwise.

The ordinance was proposed for painkilling drugs that have street value and abuse potential.   Does that make you feel any different about it?  It doesn’t change my opinion.  The vast majority of people prescribed these prescriptions are law abiding people who will be treated like suspects and I am sure that nifty computer system will never make a mistake and flag an innocent person.

In addition, medical service providers should not be forced to be an extension of law enforcement.  This is ethically unsound.  And far from simply rhetorical device,  the slippery slope  is a real fast ride that we are all sharing right now.

The Prescription Monitoring Program

I mentioned that I was told that I had to have a government issued photo ID to get my prescription filled from a pharmacy I have been using for years due to the Prescription Monitoring Program.  The pharmacist was wrong about the rules but according to him if he does not do as he is told he will get a nasty call or email.  Since law enforcement administers the system in Oklahoma, I can see that this would be unpleasant.

The nationwide prescription monitoring program monitors both scheduled and non-scheduled drugs .

NABP Begins Developing System to Facilitate PMP Data Exchange Across State Lines



MARCH 2011

Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs are a major tool being used by states to address prescription drug abuse, addiction and diversion. Such programs are commonly referred to as PMPs.

DESCRIPTION: A PMP is a statewide electronic database which collects designated data on substances dispensed in the state. The PMP is housed by a specified statewide regulatory, administrative or law enforcement agency. The housing agency distributes data from the database to individuals who are authorized under state law to receive the information for purposes of their profession.

There are currently 44 states with laws that authorize the establishment and operation of a PMP: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York,North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode, Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

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The states have received federal funding from the DOJ and pharmaceutical corporations for the program. Oklahoma was the first state to begin using an electronic prescription monitoring program which was paid for with federal funds.  Oklahoma is racing to the top with the goal of real time prescription data sharing by 2012.  Link

“Since 2001, Purdue Pharma has been working to support the implementation of appropriately‐designed prescription monitoring programs as one way to help reduce abuse and diversion of prescription medications,” said Alan Must, vice president of state government and legislative affairs at Purdue Pharma. “Reducing the abuse of prescription medications will take the combined and coordinated efforts of healthcare professionals, law enforcement, government agencies and local communities.” link

The PMP (Pimp?  How appropriate since it is pimping your info)


Remember this??

Total Information Awareness (TIA) System
Program Manager: Dr. John Poindexter

Total Information Awareness

“It is no secret that some parts of TIA lived on behind the veil of the classified intelligence budget.” Link

AxXiom for Liberty Live Friday May 13 6pm CST-The Alaska Privacy Rebellion!

May 13, 2011


Tonight on AxXiom for Liberty-

Jason Giaimo, a respected Management Accountant and Horst Poepperl, CEO of Borealis Broadband Inc. will tell us why we should think twice before submitting to the casual collection of our biometric data and what they are doing to try and protect the personal information of the people of Alaska.

In 2008 Jason Giaimo got a nasty surprise when trying to finish his CPA exam.

“After about five years of education and testing, studying and preparation, I was in the last two days of my requirements to actually get my certification as a state CPA.”

“I had already taken the first parts of the exam and I just had to show up and show two forms of ID. The rules changed on January 1, 2008, where the company involved decided they wanted to collect fingerprints from the test takers, and for a fee.”

So what did he do when confronted with the choice of providing his fingerprints and completing his exam or not giving up his prints and not being permitted to complete his test?

He said no.

“I actually refused. I’ve never been fingerprinted or been in trouble in my life. I thought that was ridiculous,” Giaimo observed. “Being a trained financial auditor, it didn’t take me long to find out that the company that takes those fingerprints send them, encrypted, over the internet to an international data mining firm called ChoicePoint.”

Jason refused to be fingerprinted but offered up every other possible form of ID. He offered to show his US passport, driver’s license, social security card and even his original birth certificate but was told that all of this was insufficient.

 No biometric, no test.

Jason says “This is clearly NOT about identification, but about data collection”

He’s right.

Jason Giaimo, a respected Management Accountant and Horst Poepperl, CEO of Borealis Broadband Inc. will tell why you should think twice before submitting to the casual collection of your biometric data and what they are doing to try and protect the personal information of the people of Alaska.

Privacy Now Alsaka warns;

Data Mining companies, the companies that collect your personal information and then sell it to others, now want to create the conditions that will force you to submit your fingerprints.

Those fingerprints will, of course, be electronically stored and sold along with the rest of your personal information to whomever.  Or worse, potentially lost to hackers or other criminals.

Think about this for a minute:

  • What if you were denied a driver’s license or the ability to hold ANY job unless you submitted your fingerprints to the Government? (It’s happening now!)
  • What if your child were denied access to education, the SAT or CPA exam unless they submitted to a fingerprinting “for ID” . . . even if they showed a US Passport and driver’s license as ID?  (It’s happening now!)
  • What if you were denied a job because you wouldn’t submit your fingerprints to the database of a data mining firm (even a foreign one) that makes billions from the sale of your private information?  (It’s happening now!)
  • Or if your child were denied lunch at school unless they submitted to being fingerprinted first?  (It’s happening now!)

Privacy Now Alaska

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 Every Friday from 6-8pm CST

Give us a call!   512-646-1984

Dutch govt puts central fingerprint database on ice, for now

Kaye Beach

May 1, 2011

This news follows an interesting interview on AxXiom for Liberty last Friday with IT expert David Moss from the UK who explains that the technology simply does not work for identification purposes.

(The audio for that show, when posted will appear on the right side of this page dated 04-29-2011  show notes )

Dutch govt puts central fingerprint database on ice, for now

Thursday 28 April 2011 | 11:15 CET

The idea of storing fingerprints for travel uses has been scrapped, Dutch minister of safety and justice Piet Hein Donner wrote to Parliament. Using fingerprints would have resulted in too high a proportion of errors.


No more national fingerprint database?

Published on 27 April 2011 – 11:20am

Fingerprints taken for biometric passports will – temporarily – not be stored in a national database. Interior Minister Piet Hein Donner will debate the question in parliament on Wednesday afternoon.

VVD MP Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert said doubts about the system’s reliability, error margin and potential for manipulation have led her party to reconsider their stance

Schwarzenegger signs ammo-regulation bill

SACRAMENTO — People buying ammunition in California will soon have to be thumbprinted and dealers will have to keep records of sales, under legislation that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law.

After vetoing similar bills three times since 2004, Schwarzenegger signed AB962 by Assemblyman Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, on Sunday, saying he now believes it will promote public safety.

The measure is California’s first statewide regulation of ammunition sales. It survived close votes in both the Assembly and state Senate and strong opposition from gun-rights organizations, which succeeded in stripping a provision that would have required sellers of more than 50 rounds of ammunition a month to be licensed by the state.

Starting in July, the law will require dealers to keep records of handgun ammunition sales for at least five years, and store the bullets securely out of customers’ reach.

Fingerprint-sharing plan raises privacy concerns

Officials to trade data internationally to curb immigration fraud

By Mike Blanchfield, Canwest News ServiceAugust 22, 2009

Calling asylum seekers a “vulnerable group,” Canada’s privacy commissioner expressed concern Friday about a new government plan to share fingerprint information with Britain and Australia to combat immigration fraud.

The three-country agreement was announced Friday with little fanfare, with Canada and the two countries providing assurances that no one’s privacy would be violated and that no database for the prints would be created.

A lawyers’ group in Australia also raised privacy concerns about the plan, which the United States and New Zealand were expected to join later on.. .

he Immigration Department, in Friday’s news release, also said it had done a privacy assessment.

But a spokeswoman for Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart said it asked the department on July 20 to give more details.

Though the department “demonstrated its legislative authority” to go ahead with the plan, Anne-Marie Hayden said, “we nevertheless expressed some concerns, we had some questions, and made a number of recommendations.”

This included asking the department to explain its rationale or need for the “high-value data-sharing.”

Hayden said: “Highly sensitive information such as fingerprints should be safeguarded with a correspondingly high level of security safeguards. Though threat and risk assessments (TRA) were completed, we were not provided with any details on the assessments, to demonstrate that business and IT controls are adequate, and were not informed whether action has been taken to address risks identified in the TRA — so we asked for more information on this front.”

The privacy commissioner also asked for a further explanation of how the government plans to use biometric information in the future and what weight it plans to attach to the data when making an assessment of a particular application, Hayden said.

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