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Idp Passport Ds 5513 Comments1

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Before theBUREAU OF CONSULAR AFFAIRSDEPARTMENT OF STATEWashington, DC 20037
60–Day Notice of ProposedInformation Collection:DS–5513, BiographicalQuestionnaire for U.S.Passport, 1405–XXXX)))))))))))))))))))))))
COMMENTS OF THEIDENTITY PROJECT (IDP),CENTER FOR FINANCIALPRIVACY AND HUMANRIGHTS (CFPHR),KNOWLEDGE ECOLOGYINTERNATIONAL (KEI),CENTER FOR MEDIA ANDDEMOCRACY,PRIVACY ACTIVISM,CONSUMER TRAVELALLIANCE (CTA),ROBERT ELLIS SMITH,AND JOHN GILMORE
The Identity Project (IDP)<http://www.PapersPlease.org>A project of the First Amendment Project1736 Franklin St., 9th FloorOakland, CA 94612The Identity Project, et al.<http://www.PapersPlease.org>Comments on proposed form DS-5513,OMB control number 1405-XXXXApril 24, 2011
 
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The Identity Project (IDP), Center for Financial Privacy and Human Rights (CFPHR),Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), Privacy Activism,Consumer Travel Alliance (CTA), Robert Ellis Smith, and John Gilmore submit these comments inresponse to Department of State Public Notice 7345, "60–Day Notice of Proposed InformationCollection: DS–5513, Biographical Questionnaire for U.S. Passport, 1405–XXXX ,” published at 76
 Federal Register
10421 (February 24, 2011), and the proposed form, supporting statement, statement oflegal authorities, and regulatory assessment which were provided to us by the Department of State inresponse to our requests, and which we have published for the benefit of other commenters at<http://papersplease.org/wp/2011/03/18/state-dept-proposes-biographical-questionnaire-for-passport-applicants/>. We have posted the proposed Form DS-5513 at <http://papersplease.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/ds5513-proposed.pdf>.The Department of State (DOS) is seeking Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approvalfor a new collection of personal information from some subset of applicants for U.S. passports, asdescribed in the "Notice of Proposed Information Collection" and the proposed Form DS-5513.For the reasons discussed below, we oppose this information collection and proposed form asexceeding the statutory authority of the DOS, unconstitutional, and in violation of U.S. obligationspursuant to international human rights treaties to which the U.S. is a party. The DOS should withdraw itsproposal; if it does not do so, OMB should disapprove the proposed information collection and form.
I. ABOUT THE COMMENTERS.
The Identity Project (IDP), <http://www.PapersPlease.org>, provides advice, assistance,publicity, and legal defense to those who find their rights infringed, or their legitimate activitiescurtailed, by demands for identification, and builds public awareness about the effects of ID requirementson fundamental rights. IDP is a program of the First Amendment Project, a nonprofit organizationThe Identity Project, et al.<http://www.PapersPlease.org>Comments on proposed form DS-5513,OMB control number 1405-XXXXApril 24, 2011
 
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providing legal and educational resources dedicated to protecting and promoting First Amendment rights.The Center for Financial Privacy and Human Rights (CFPHR),<http://www.financialprivacy.org>, was founded in 2005 to defend privacy, civil liberties and marketeconomics. The Center is a non-profit human rights and civil liberties organization whose core missionrecognizes traditional economic rights as a necessary foundation for a broad understanding of humanrights. CFPHR is part of the Liberty and Privacy Network, a non-governmental advocacy and research501(c)(3) organization.Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), <http://www.keionline.org>, is a not for profitnongovernmental organization that searches for better outcomes, including new solutions, to themanagement of knowledge resources. KEI is focused on social justice, particularly for the mostvulnerable populations, including low-income persons and marginalized groups. KEI undertakes andpublishes research and new ideas, engages in global public interest advocacy, provides technical advice togovernments, NGOs and firms, enhances transparency of policy making, monitors actions of key actors,and provides forums for interested persons to discuss and debate Knowledge Ecology topics.The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), <http://www.prwatch.org>, is a nationalindependent publisher located in Madison, Wisconsin. Our team of writers focuses on reporting thatpromotes informed decision-making about policies affecting our lives – our economy, our environment,our health, our liberty, our security, and the health of our democracy – and aids citizen involvement andgrassroots action. Our opinion pieces and advocacy work help advance consumer rights and civilliberties, including the right to privacy, as well as the constitutional freedom to travel and freedoms ofspeech, press, and assembly.Privacy Activism, <http://www.privacyactivism.org>, is a 501(c)(3) organization, based inCalifornia. We strive to help people make well-informed decisions about personal privacy and to showhow privacy decisions affect society as a whole. A key element of Privacy Activism’s approach is toThe Identity Project, et al.<http://www.PapersPlease.org>Comments on proposed form DS-5513,OMB control number 1405-XXXXApril 24, 2011

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