Policy Analysis

The Identity Project participates actively in U.S., Canadian, European Union, and other international regulatory and policy development proceedings through policy analysis, research, written comments, white papers, and testimony on proposed rules and regulatory notices. We monitor ID-related regulatory filings in the Federal Register and E.U. notices, but we also welcome your tips on upcoming or pending regulations we may not have noticed. Following are some of our testimony, comments, and other submissions in rulemakings related to ID requirements and identity-based surveillance and control of movement.

How-Tos and FAQs

White Papers, Research Reports, and Briefings

Comments and Testimony on Federal Laws and Regulations

“Advanced Imaging Technology” (Virtual Strip Search Machines)

Advanced Passenger Information System (APIS)

Automated Targeting System (ATS)


Border Crossing Information System (BCIS)

Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)

Passport Fees, Passport Forms, and RFID Chips in Passports

REAL-ID Act 0f 2005

“Secure Flight”

Social Media Surveillance

 TSA Identity Verification Procedures (Form 415)

 TSA “Pre-Check”

United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology Program (US-VISIT)

Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)

Control of Communicable Diseases (Quarantine)


Additional complaints of violations of laws and treaties by Federal agencies

International Human Rights Treaty Proceedings

Submissions by the Identity Project to the UN Human Rights Committee regarding the list of issues adopted in 2013 for its periodic review of US implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (December 28, 2012, as part of a joint submission to the UNHRC by the US Human Rights Network):

Supplemental updates by the Identity Project to the UN Human Rights Committee for its March 2014 review of US  implementation of the ICCPR (February 10, 2014):

Recommendations to the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):

European Union Regulatory and Legislative Proceedings

Passenger Name Records (PNRs)

Computerised Reservation Systems (CRSs)

Canadian Regulatory and Legislative Proceedings

Passenger Name Records (PNRs)