Will Obama push through ID cards?

It remains unclear whether US president-elect Barack Obama will push through a controversial ID card scheme that was introduced by George W Bush.

It remains unclear whether US president-elect Barack Obama will push through a controversial ID card scheme that was introduced by George W Bush.

Bush introduced the Real ID national identification standards as part of his efforts to address terrorism in the US, CIO.com reported. It calls for drivers' licenses and other state-issued IDS to include digital photos and be machine readable.

Driving licence databases in each state would also be linked together, creating a single large system. The scheme is controversial for the same reasons as the UK's ID plans, with privacy campaigners saying it will be hard to manage and secure.

Obama has so far made no public comment about the initiative, and has never cast a ballot on the issue in the Senate. It remains unclear whether his administration will push the scheme through or abandon it, US observers have said.

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