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.