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Feb 23

New York Bill Proposes Mandatory Wearable ID Tags for all Residents and Visitors

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NEW YORK  – This week seems to be the time for overzealous New York State lawmakers to stun the country with bizarre legislative proposals.

Earlier this week  Wired’s Threat Level blog reported that bill (S06779) going through both state chambers calls for the administrators of New York-based websites to “remove any comments posted on his or her website by an anonymous poster unless such anonymous poster agrees to attach his or her name to the post.”

Today, bill (S06784) was proposed to require wearable identification tags for all New York State residents and visitors.

If this proposed legislation becomes law, every New York State resident would be issued a 4-inch by 3-inch identification tag similar to a state driver’s license.  This is approximately twice the size of a standard license.  Before visiting New York state, people would be required to have a picture taken and request a visitor identification tag, in a process similar to getting a passport.

The identification badge would contain the wearer’s name, address and picture visible on the front, and emergency medical information on the back.  It would also contain an embedded antenna readable RFID chip similar to an E-ZPass card currently used to pay tolls.

The embedded RFID chip would allow law enforcement to “scan” a particular area and collect information about people currently in a location or check logs to see which people were previously there.

According to the legislation, “the identification tag would be required to be worn in a visible location while a resident or visitor was in public.”

During the initial phase in period, violators not wearing the tags would be subject to a $100 fine.  After this period, the penalty may increase to as much as a $500 fine and 30 days in jail.

If the legislation is approved, the new requirement could be implemented as early as February 2013.

21 comments

  1. Salmon

    I heard about this and the internet law. Why is NY doing this now? Nothing major has happened there since 9/11.

    New York state must have a lot of extra money to piss away.

  2. Marty Z

    More Obama politics. What’s next, a chip in our brains?

  3. Alice Starch

    I am a teacher in the city and this will keep all of us much safer. I am 120% for the new legislation.

  4. Kinison

    These people aren’t going to be happy until there is a camera stuck up everyone’s butts.

  5. Jarhead

    I didn’t risk my life for my country for this. This is crap..

  6. Splendid Nature

    What’s to keep people from forging these to? I won’t wear one with my real name, that’s for sure. Looks like they’ll be SOL.

  7. Orchid

    Anything that makes this city safer after 9/11 Im for that.

  8. Dave

    This is just another step towards martial law. Obama wants it.

  9. Tolliberife

    I am not going to wear this SHIT. Might as well arrest me now.

    1. Amir

      What a good article! I am in Greenville/Spartanburg area of SC so I will need to sign up before I go to NY.

  10. Carl Jacquneaux

    This is crazy. Ebay shouldn’t allow people to scalp important medcine. F- for Ebay!!!!

  11. Oscar

    This site is real news for real people. The bill listed states: “Creates a process for the issuance of an RFID enabled ID for persons who are residents of the state of New York or visitors.

    They must wear this large RFID-enabled ID tag at all times in public.

  12. point noir

    This is a crazy new law for sure. I think there will be some resistance!

  13. ilivid jones

    It’ll make the streets safer when somewone snatch my address off my chest? think not!

  14. pho stips

    I believe that big brother is here. Scary to be sure, cheers

  15. ohne kneth

    GARBAGE GARBAGE AND DID I SAY THIS NEW LAW IS GARBAGE? I WILL DO THIS NEVER! RICICULOUS LAW.

  16. backofen dampfgarer

    I am not wearing that shit!

  17. Swim Ng

    Fantastic heads up. Gotta start working on the fake ID. lol

  18. daotteagz

    I will comply if they make it law.

  19. 經濟日報|訂報紙|訂經濟日報|報紙優惠

    In your cities you have much security since the bombing of WTC. All the time follow your heart.

  20. Anonymous

    “According to the legislation, “the identification tag would be required to be worn in a visible location while a resident or visitor was in public.”

    During the initial phase in period, violators not wearing the tags would be subject to a $100 fine. After this period, the penalty may increase to as much as a $500 fine and 30 days in jail.”

    So let’s say a child takes off the ID tag and puts it in his pocket? Are we going to fine the child or throw her in jail for 30 days?

    If this “law” were to pass it would be criminal.

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