An Oklahoma woman moves forward in a lawsuit against the Department of Public Safety.
We first told you about Kaye Beach in 2011, when she was given a ticket for driving with an expired license. Based on religious rights, she refused to get the new biometric driver's license, that contains finger prints, facial recognition technology, and all of your personal information. The city has since dropped the case, but now there's a new one against the Department of Public Safety. Beach has just filed a motion-- citing the Oklahoma Religious Freedom Act. This story is now getting national attention because the results of her latest motion could have an effect on you.
"My rights to religious freedom is in fact being violated," says Kaye Beach. She says the Christian Bible commands against being involved in a Global identification system of financial control. She says the biometric driver's license and its global database are just that. The card can be swiped for everything from purchases to a traffic stop, and keeps a running tab of information on you. "That ties our bodies to our ability to buy, sell, travel and more," says Beach.
"Anytime a law touches on your religious rights, the courts give great deference to your Constitutional rights," says Fox 25 Legal Analyst David Slane. He thinks Beach has a good case.
Beach just recently filed a motion for summary judgement, based on the Oklahoma Religious Freedom Act, asking the judge to rule on the case without a full trial. "We're saying that we think we have enough undisputable facts here, Judge, that you can make a ruling on this," explains Beach. She hopes to win and be taken out of the system. "I want a non-biometric driver's license, not to be confused with a non-photo ID, and I want my information to be removed from that database," she says.
But, on the other side, Slane says DPS also has a good case in the way of public safety. They say all of this personal information helps crack down on crime. "How much of our freedom and privacy do we give up to live in a safe world?" says Slane, explaining that this is what the case is really about. It's a balance the judge will have to find, and something Slane says will have an effect on people's relgious rights across the Nation. "I could see this case going all the way up to the Supreme Court," says Slane.
A hearing in the case is scheduled for September. To view the motion yourself, click here.
For more information on Oklahoma's driver's license system, click here.