Like just about everything else, most businesses use rules to govern their data. Ever filled in a form that said it needed your email address? Or wanted your phone number broken into three? These are data rules, and they govern how the data should be formatted, what type of data it should be, etc. If the client says they want a first name, middle name and a last name for their contact database, then we consider this a rule. Rules are designed to maintain data integrity, and trust me, if you make them up instead of developing them in lone with the client’s needs, you’re asking for trouble!
The request was for significantly more information than is available publically, including DL# and last four of you SS among other things. There is no reason for the Federal government to request and keep this information. Voter registration and validation is a State's issue. As for purging voters, Kobach is most famous for his Crosscheck system, which purges voter registrations of people with similar sounding names, regardless of voting frequency, and regardless of whether it is a valid duplication or not. Purge first, ask questions later. This is a problem when someone shows up to their polling place to vote and gets turned away because they are no longer registered and were not notified in time to re-register. It could easily happen to you next time.
GERMAN: This is something we're hearing about more and more often, which is very concerning that people, you know, are pulled over for some minor traffic offense are being asked to submit their fingerprints. And, you know, people tending to want to be cooperative with law enforcement don't think about the implications of that. It's a little bit unclear how that information is being used, but the fact that information is collected and so easily stored in its electronic format obviously where the government doesn't suspect wrongdoing they shouldn't be collecting that type of information.