Abstract

http://ssrn.com/abstract=1309222
 


 



Identity Cards and Identity Romanticism


A. Michael Froomkin


University of Miami - School of Law

November 30, 2008

LESSONS FROM THE IDENTITY TRAIL: ANONYMITY, PRIVACY AND IDENTITY IN A NETWORKED SOCIETY, New York: Oxford University Press, 2009
University of Miami Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2008-41

Abstract:     
This book chapter for "Lessons from the Identity Trail: Anonymity, Privacy and Identity in a Networked Society" (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009) - a forthcoming comparative examination of approaches to the regulation of anonymity edited by Ian Kerr - discusses the sources of hostility to National ID Cards in common law countries. It traces that hostility in the United States to a romantic vision of free movement and in England to an equally romantic vision of the 'rights of Englishmen'.

Governments in the United Kingdom, United States, Australia, and other countries are responding to perceived security threats by introducing various forms of mandatory or nearly mandatory domestic civilian national identity documents. This chapter argues that these ID cards pose threats to privacy and freedom, especially in countries without strong data protection rules. The threats created by weak data protection in these new identification schemes differ significantly from previous threats, making the romantic vision a poor basis from which to critique (highly flawed) contemporary proposals.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 29

Keywords: Anonymity, Privacy, Identity, Free Speech

Accepted Paper Series





Download This Paper

Date posted: December 1, 2008 ; Last revised: December 4, 2008

Suggested Citation

Froomkin, A. Michael, Identity Cards and Identity Romanticism (November 30, 2008). LESSONS FROM THE IDENTITY TRAIL: ANONYMITY, PRIVACY AND IDENTITY IN A NETWORKED SOCIETY, New York: Oxford University Press, 2009; University of Miami Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2008-41. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1309222

Contact Information

A. Michael Froomkin (Contact Author)
University of Miami - School of Law ( email )
P.O. Box 248087
Coral Gables, FL 33146
United States
305-284-4285 (Phone)
305-284-6506 (Fax)

Feedback to SSRN


Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 3,992
Downloads: 514
Download Rank: 30,198

© 2014 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo3 in 0.375 seconds