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Why Digital Identity Doesn’t Mean ID Cards


  • Viewpoint
  • Posted by Good ID team (Good ID)
  • 13 April 2021

A holistic approach to identity could mean leaving the privacy debate behind

This article outlines the debate over identity cards in European countries, as conflict tends to arise over their possible effects on people’s privacy and whether they will enable state surveillance. The author writes that instead of having these arguments, we should consider the ways in which society will benefit from a digital identity infrastructure which allows citizens to use a single verified identity.

“Crucially, they can choose what to share with each encounter, ensuring they remain in control of their identity. This removes one of the major issues critics have with identity cards - that they require consumers to share every detail about them when a tiny fraction of that data is required.”

The article states that this will bring positive effects for businesses and governments, who will be able to use digital identity to ensure everyone across society can access public services, as well as reducing the risk of fraud.

Crucially, a reusable system of identity will help deliver a world which is safer, simpler and more secure for everyone - removing the guesswork from identity and creating a level playing field for everyone to interact with

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