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1984 finally arrives, just 29 years late:

Using Department of Motor Vehicles records as its core, the state government is quietly developing a master identity database of Virginia residents for use by state agencies.

The state enterprise record - the master electronic ID database - would help agencies ferret out fraud and help residents do business electronically with the state more easily, officials said.

While officials say the e-ID initiative will be limited in scope and access, it comes at a time of growing public concern about electronic privacy, identity theft and government intrusion.

"Limited in scope and access." Limited? Is there anybody anywhere who believes any government when it says that? National ID card is on the way, so you might as well get used to the idea. Privacy? Oh, you fundamentalist wacko, you.