Dean on Privacy: "Internet ID cards mandatory in new PCs"
Fifteen months before Dean said he would seek the presidency, however, the
former Vermont governor spoke at a conference in Pittsburgh co-sponsored by
smart-card firm Wave Systems where he called for state drivers' licenses to
be transformed into a kind of standardized national ID card for Americans.
Embedding smart cards into uniform IDs was necessary to thwart
"cyberterrorism" and identity theft, Dean claimed. "We must move to smarter
license cards that carry secure digital information that can be universally
read at vital checkpoints," Dean said in March 2002, according to a copy of
his prepared remarks. "Issuing such a card would have little effect on the
privacy of Americans."
Dean also suggested that computer makers such as Apple Computer, Dell,
Gateway and Sony should be required to include an ID card reader in
PCs--and Americans would have to insert their uniform IDs into the reader
before they could log on. "One state's smart-card driver's license must be
identifiable by another state's card reader," Dean said. "It must also be
easily commercialized by the private sector and included in all PCs over
time--making the Internet safer and more secure."