New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg came out today in favor ofto track all legal U.S. workers (via ):
The mayor compared his proposed federal identification database to the Social Security card, insisting that such a system would not violate citizens’ privacy.
“This is not a civil liberties issue. … You don’t have to work — but if you want to work for a company you have to have a Social Security card,” he said. “The difference is, in the day and age when everybody’s got a PC on their desk with Photoshop that can replicate anything, it’s become a joke.”
The mayor, a billionaire former CEO of a worldwide financial information company, went on to say that if the DNA and fingerprint technology is available, why not use it to create a worker ID database that will “uniquely identify the person” applying for a job, ensuring that cards are not illegally transferred or forged.