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A PA lawmaker is pushing legislation that would require people to show ID in certain cases when they buy prepaid cellphone cards or prepaid cellphones. The goal seems to be discouraging criminals and drug dealers. But I wonder if it might have another effect: fueling identity theft.

Rather than stop drug dealers from buying the wrong kind of phones, might the law encourage them instead to seek out other peoples’ identities that they can use in filling out the forms? It’s but a small step — and probably not all that difficult — if you already plan to do something illegal.

Every time the government asks for ID  it is spurring greater demand for the services of identity thieves. Just a thought, but maybe government should be more careful about thinking up new reasons for people to fill out forms.