Apple will cooperate with the eight states of the United States to launch a digital ID

Apple is cooperating with states in the United States to launch digital IDs for iPhone users. The contract shows that Apple has "full decision-making power" in many aspects of the implementation of the plan, and the government and taxpayers will provide part of the funding for this plan.


In the future, Apple will allow iPhone users to store their driver’s license or state ID in their iPhone wallet, but part of the funds for this program will be provided by the participating states and corresponding taxpayers.


Georgia, Arizona, Oklahoma, and Kentucky have concluded contracts with Apple that Apple will strictly control the deployment of digital identity information for iPhone users. According to the report, Apple has "full decision-making power" in many aspects of the plan, including device compatibility, service launch dates, state marketing activities, and how states report the effectiveness of the plan.


According to the contract, each participating state must "allocate reasonable and sufficient personnel and resources to support the launch of this program, and the specific schedule will be determined by Apple." This includes testing this on different types of Apple devices "in accordance with Apple certification requirements." Services.


In addition, each state is specifically responsible for promoting digital identity authentication services to the public and encourages local police and the Internal Revenue Service to accept digital identity authentication services. State government agencies need to "display and promote this plan in all public relations activities related to digital identity authentication," and Apple will review and approve this.

Apple also requires participating states to be responsible for the authenticity of the identity verification in the program. The contract also exempts Apple from any differences in the risk of inconsistent results in the identity verification system. The content shows: "Apple is not responsible for any verification results. The relevant agencies promise that all verification results are provided as is'. There is no express, implied or other guarantees of accuracy or performance."


Although this is an Apple-led project, taxpayers who do not use iPhones also need to pay for the launch of this digital identity verification program in their state. The contract clearly stipulates that "unless the parties agree otherwise, neither party shall pay any fees to the other party under this agreement", which means that the participating states will use taxpayer money to fund the promotion and use of this plan.


Such a digital ID program, which is paid for by the states, has caused many concerns, the most obvious of which is security. Users need to transfer their most sensitive personal information to the iPhone, essentially establishing their identity authentication on a device. If deployed incorrectly, this type of tracking information can easily be abused.


Similar to Apple's digital identity authentication program is Clear, this digital identity recognition application can be used as a user's identity certification through the airport and stadium security channels. Clear has considered selling user data in the past and also used this data to promote relevant advertisements to users. Regardless of how Apple chooses to use these data, this digital identity authentication system will soon enter the eight states of Connecticut, Iowa, Maryland, Utah, Georgia, Arizona, Oklahoma, and Kentucky. State.

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