¨Study Urged for National ID System Friday, April 12, 2002
¨WASHINGTON - While a
national identity card has been widely
discussed following the terrorist attacks, a panel of the National
Academy of Sciences says any such
system must carefully balance security
needs with privacy concerns.
¨A well-run national system would make it more difficult
for a person to have multiple identities
and would help in finding people such as
potential terrorists, the committee concluded.
But serious questions must be addressed about how to protect privacy, who would use the system,
whether participation would be mandatory,
the type of information to be collected
and how to deal with any failure or misuse of the system.