The Real ID Act:  Privacy and Government Surveillance

The Real ID Act: Privacy and Government Surveillance
William Eyre
March 2011

ISBN-13:  978-1-59332-456-8 / Hardcover
Dimensions:  5.5 x 8.5 / xii, 212 pages

Price   $65.00


Civil society in the United States in the 21st century has seen the abandonment of American concepts of individual freedom, privacy, expression and autonomy. Eyre examines the Real ID Act in this context, as an example of laws passed since September 2001 restricting civil liberties. The Real ID Act facilitates the current and future surveillance regime. Real IDs and the database(s) to which they are linked represent a de facto national ID system facilitating monitoring citizens’ movements, speech and political activities when fully operational. The Real ID Act is examined as an unfunded mandate and vehicle for unconstitutional abridgement of First Amendment guarantees including political expression.

About the Author

William Eyre has spent his entire career in Information Technology, mostly as an independent consultant and most recently in computer security. He is the first interdisciplinary Ph.D. graduate in Information Security from CERIAS at Purdue University with the Department of Communication granting the degree. At Purdue University, his studies included international terrorism, biometrics, cryptography and computer forensics.