Apple will soon allow you to use your iPhone as a digital ID card, but at the cost of taxpayers’ money. Georgia, Arizona, Kentucky and Oklahoma will be among the first to adopt digital ID cards.
In June, Apple announced at its WWDC event that iPhone users would soon be able to digitally store their state identification documents in the Wallet app for their iPhone. CNBC provided a memorandum of understanding that highlighted the agreement between Apple and state governments through requests for public records and “other sources”.
The document emphasizes that the Cupertino-based company has a high degree of control over government agencies that issue ID cards.
The report points out that states must allocate resources according to Apple’s needs.
States must agree to “allocate reasonably sufficient staff and resources (e.g., staff, project management, and funding) to support the launch of the Program within the time frame set by Apple”.
In addition, states will need to work to ensure the adoption of Apple’s digital IDs.
States must agree to a broad effort designed to ensure the adoption of Apple’s digital IDs, including offering a new feature “proactively” and at no additional cost whenever a citizen receives new or replacement ID cards.
On top of that, Apple will also have a firm hand in marketing initiatives.
While government agencies must “prominently highlight the Program in all public communications regarding digital identity credentials,” marketing efforts are “in all cases subject to prior review and approval by Apple.”
Most importantly, the agreement states that all these efforts are paid for by the states, “unless otherwise agreed between the parties, neither party shall owe the other party any compensation under this agreement.” Which basically means that taxpayers will have to pay the bill. While Apple users don’t pay for digital IDs in advance, they do pay through their taxes, as do non-Apple users who don’t benefit.
If this does not trigger the alarm bells, there is another cause for concern – security. Deploying a digital ID program involves transferring your most sensitive details to your iPhone. This could make your data vulnerable to theft, fraud and other malicious activities, while connecting users closer to the Apple ecosystem.
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