The ERAD credit / debit card reading system being tested by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol is coming under more scrutiny. A group of 7 lawmakers and organizations have sent a letter to Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin asking her to issue an executive order to stop the Oklahoma Highway Patrol from further use of the ERAD system until the legislature can address the issue.
According to the Tulsa World, the letter’s signatories include:
… Sen. Kyle Loveless, R-Oklahoma City; Rep. Cory Williams, D-Stillwater; the ACLU of Oklahoma; the Oklahoma Policy Institute; the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs; the NAACP of Oklahoma City; and the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association.
Of particular note is the fact that the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association signed on to the letter. Is a deeply conservative state like Oklahoma, they are more likely to be able to sway Governor Mary Fallin’s decision.
The letter states such things as:
“The use of these devices’ full capabilities, unless done with the authorization of the card owner, is unlikely to survive a constitutional challenge,” the letter says. “Moreover, it is illegal.”
And also notes that:
In addition, the Department of Public Safety significantly overpaid the company for ERAD’s software and services, the letter alleges.
While I would contend that anything paid was too much considering the questionable legality of such devices as well as the complete lack of oversight against misuse.
Politics truly does create strange bedfellows.