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Washington, DC Seeks to Mandate SmarTrip Chips in DC Licenses and ID Cards

Privacy advocates are alarmed by a D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles initiative to embed SmarTrip computer chips inside every new D.C. driver�s license, making it easier than ever to track D.C. residents on their travels through the transit system. The DMV will spend $830,000 a year to install SmarTrip chips in all driver�s licenses and identification cards starting in October 2008. SmarTrip does, however, provide Metro and the government with a system to follow users, though Hazel said the agency �has no intention to track [a] person�s movements on the Metro system.�

D.C. DMV to build SmarTrip chips into driver�s licenses, Washington Examiner, November 6, 2007.