Risks to privacy and security rise every year. The advance of globalization and the growth of information technology across most sectors of the economy, including health care, have exposed individuals, governments and corporations to hacking, ransomware, data-mining, data breaches and more.
Serious questions emerge in this era of rapid technological advancement. Can government infringe on personal privacy rights by claiming safety and security purposes? Can government claim 'the common good' outweighs the individual's constitutional guarantee of freedom?
With these questions in mind, how should Americans respond to the growth of biometric identification mandates such as the facial-scan biometric requirement in REAL ID, the nation's new 'de facto' national identification system?
Benjamin Franklin, understanding this tension, prioritized freedom: Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.