Introducing An Ad Hoc National Identity System

Law360 (March 17, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is taking another interesting step in its slow but seemingly inexorable march toward a national identity system. Its newly announced “E-Verify Self Check” system introduces into the E-Verify vortex of government and employers an interesting data-driven identity verification process used by private industry. The implications are interesting to ponder, especially for employers who might consider using similar identity verification tools in their hiring process to combat identity fraud and reduce criminal and civil exposure for employing unauthorized aliens.

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