The Oklahoma Sovereignty Driver License Protection Act,Â introduced by State Rep. Mike Ritze, and seeks to protect the peopleâ€™s right to privacy in the face of a de-facto national ID card still on the books in Washington D.C.
If passed, the act would prohibit, among other things:
- the Department of Public Safety from retaining certain information
- the collection, retention or disclosure of Social Security numbers
- the use of radio frequency identification technology
It would also require â€œany state agency or department charged with motor vehicle registration or operationâ€ to:
- Cease all biometric comparisons and cease collection of any biometric data, biometric sample or biometric template;
- Render inoperable any computer software capable of such comparisons;
- Disconnect, from any computer system, all hardware used specifically for collecting finger images
â€œPrivacy is essential to our Freedom and I feel HB2923 addresses the essence of what many serving our country have died for,â€ said Ritze. â€œAs a Veteran I cherish Liberty over tyranny and it must be protected from an all encompassing federal government that does not live in the boundaries of our Constitutional Republic.â€
In 2005, the Bush Administration and the Republican-dominated Congress passed the Real ID act, which many civil-rights advocates said was a clear violation of privacy. Â In response, more than 20 states passed resolutions or binding legislation refusing to comply with the law. Â And, as a result, both the Bush and the Obama administrations have been unable to implement it.
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