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Identity Crisis: What Digital Driver’s Licenses Could Mean for Privacy, Equity, and Freedom


  • Report
  • Posted by Good ID team (Good ID)
  • 18 June 2021

A stark criticism from the American Civil Liberties Union of the move towards digital driver’s licenses in the US

Through measuring up and explaining the exclusive development of digital identity use, in particular driver’s licenses, this report highlights the detrimental effects this could have upon US citizens' freedoms and self-sovereign privacy.

"New possibilities open up, some potentially good and some not. A digital system could enhance user privacy and control if done right — but it could also become an infrastructure for invading privacy and increasing the leverage and control of government agencies and companies over individuals."

Concerns over surveillance and loss of user control stand at the centre of this argument whereby an increase in police access, centralized ID tracking, verified ID tracking, susceptibility to hacking, forced app installation, and a loss of individual data privacy could become commonplace.

(Universal digitalization) raises the danger that a relatively small cadre of corporations and specialized government bureaucracies will build a new infrastructure for their own economic and administrative purposes, regardless of the larger implications

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