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Treadwell Dodging Millions Made From Storing and Sharing Alaskans’ Personal Information

“Proud of” Company to Create a National ID Card


Ahead of a contentious primary debate, U.S. Senate candidate Mead Treadwell is hiding his support for a national ID card scheme after his company Digimarc made millions providing the technology for REAL ID, which Treadwell says he is “proud of.”

“Mead Treadwell says he proud of the company he founded and the money it made, but is trying to hide the company’s support for REAL ID which would force a national ID card scheme to store and share Alaskans’ personal information with the government,” said Max Croes, Communications Director for Alaskans for Begich.

Treadwell says he doesn’t support REAL ID in the same breath he brags about Digimarc’s success.

Treadwell founded Digimarc in 1995, a digital watermarking company that has profited from federal mandates disliked by Alaskans of all political leanings.

In 2008, Governor Sarah Palin rejected Treadwell’s federally mandated program and passed legislation prohibiting its implementation.

The Anchorage Daily News wrote that the REAL ID program constituted what is “absolutely a national ID” remains “ a bad idea,” and ”will create a national database of information about more than 240 million Americans.