EPIC has filed comments with the State Department regarding Form DS-5513, a new passport application that requires unusually detailed information about the background of some passport applicants. For example, applicants are asked to provide their mother's place of employment at the time of their birth. The agency claims that such information is necessary "when the applicant submits citizenship or identity evidence that is insufficient to meet his/her burden of proving citizenship or identity." EPIC wrote that the State Department needs to provide more information about the purposes of the data collection for the public to meaningfully assess the impact. For more information, see EPIC National ID and REAL ID.
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Communications Law and Policy
Jerry Kang and Alan Butler