US social security card to contain biometrics?
01 February 2013 17:37 GMT

US seeks ways to toughen up social security card security

Social security card change could be imminent in the USA. For many years the country's social security card has been a source of criticism due to woeful security measures. Now, two leaders of the US Senate’s group looking at immigration reform, have said would endorse the idea of a biometric social security card for all Americans seeking employment.

In a joint appearance Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said the goal would be to stamp out illegal immigration by making it harder to forge a Social Security card and easier for employers to verify the legal status of their workers.

Schumer has reportedly said that card would be used only for employment and not as a general identification. However, he did acknowledge that there were differing opinions within the Senate’s working group and no decision had been made to include it in a bill. Clearly such a card could end up being used as an ID card - in the same way as the current document is used in many walks of life as an identity tool. So there may be an uphill battle.

Regardless, the drive to improve the security of the social security card is evident. President Obama also called for fraud and tamper-resistant Social Security documents in a White House immigration proposal released this week. The proposal also announced plans to establish a voluntary pilot program to evaluate new methods to authenticate identity and combat identity theft.

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