[LINK] VP Gore policy speech on privacy
Sun, 11 Jun 2000 08:35:04 +1000
Gore calls for 'electronic bill of rights'
The vice president on Thursday visited a police
academy and crime lab in Whittier, California to discuss
legislation designed to protect personal privacy and
guard against "identity theft."
"I will make it a
national priority to
stop this kind of
traffic in personal
data ... let's put the
'security' back in
Gore told a
gathering of law
officers on the
grounds of the
Gore said he would sign Social Security legislation
introduced Thursday in both congressional chambers by
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California), and Rep. Ed
Markey (D-Massachusetts). The measures would make
it a federal crime to buy or sell individual Social Security
The vice president was joined onstage at the event by
Tim Remsburg, whose daughter was killed last year by
a man who bought her Social Security number for $45
from an Internet site and then stalked her.
Gore campaign aides said that the Social Security
Administration's hotline received 30,000 complaints of
Social Security number misuse in 1999 alone.
With the number, criminals also can assume an innocent
person's identity and gain credit in their name, the vice
Gore cited estimates that 500,000 people will be victims
of identity theft in 2000 as evidence that protective
privacy legislation was necessary.
"We need an electronic bill of rights, one that recognizes
that the right to privacy is a basic American right in the
information age, as in any age. In fact, it's more
important now than it's been in the past, because the
damage they (criminals) can do by violating your
personal privacy is greater now."
Gore also highlighted his support for other privacy
measures, including legislation to ensure that medical
records are always kept private, and prohibit the use of
genetic information for non-medical reasons.
"Together, we have to send a clear message to all our
people -- no matter how our technology grows and
changes, your fundamental right to privacy is something
that must never change," Gore said.