Real ID debate prompts fears about disclosure of Alaskans' Social Security numbers
JUNEAU — Gov. Bill Walker's administration this week said it's trying to pull back its participation in a multistate driver's license database that critics fear could expose Alaskans' Social Security numbers if it were hacked.
The state Division of Motor Vehicles has been sending the last five digits of residents' Social Security numbers to the multistate agency that runs the database, which is used to ensure applicants don't have licenses in more than one state.
But with the Walker administration pressuring lawmakers to bring the state into compliance with the federal Real ID Act, it's run into questions about its collaboration with the agency on its existing licenses and what could happen if the database was breached.
Current Alaska licenses are not Real ID compliant.