Tuesday, July 5, 2011

US Legal Workforce Act Of 2011 And E-Verification

The Legal Workforce Act of 2011 of US has been doing rounds these days. However, it has also raised many privacy and identity theft concerns as well. Privacy groups of US have been opposing the same as undesirable and a problematic law.

These privacy groups believe that storing highly sensitive information, including the biometric details, of the employee would cause many cyber security and identity theft issues.

The proposed Bill would force the employers to use the federal E-Verify system to vet new employees and to verify that new hires and current employees can legally work in the US.

All employers would be required to compare information supplied by current and prospective employees with information contained in Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) databases. As part of the verification process, the Social Security number provided by new hires would be compared with the name on record.

The Bill also proposes a pilot biometric authentication program that would let employers fingerprint employees as part of the vetting process. The Bill calls for penalties of up to $25,000 per violation and imprisonment of at least one year for employers who refuse to use E-Verify.

In India as well the Aadhar project managed by unique identification authority of India (UIDAI) is facing similar problems. There is neither a legal framework supporting the Aadhar project of India nor Aadhar project is secure from physical thefts and cyber attacks.