DHS Secretary Chertoff on REAL ID's "COUNTLESS OTHER" USES.


Friday, January 19, 2007

Retail Conglomerate TJX Reports Customer Info Leak

Walaika Haskins reports:
"TJX, parent company of T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and other retail chains in several countries, disclosed Wednesday that customer data had been stolen from its computer network. Compromised data includes credit card, debit card, checking, drivers' license and transaction record information. TJX said the scope of the breach has not yet been determined."

Anticipate more problems with--and reporting of--ID theft.

ID theft will be used to promote national id cards for the sake of "security." Here's an example from the article at hand:
The Real ID Act, which became law in May of 2005 as a way to make sure documents submitted for a driver's license are not counterfeit, is a good start, Litan claimed. The bill establishes national standards for state-issued driver's license and ID cards. However, the slow pace of adoption gives identity thieves plenty of time to execute their schemes.

This is a classic example of "It's Already Bad, So Let's Make It Worse."

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