U.S. lawmakers recently voted to pass the “Improving Digital Identity Act,” which could cause citizens to lose personal privacy to the government.
Digital ID’s Popular Among Lawmakers
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee voted 11-1 to pass the Improving Digital Identity Act, which would establish an Improving Digital Identity Task Force.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., was the lone dissenting vote.
The legislation’s passage joined the approval of nearly two dozen cyber bills, including the bipartisan Securing Open Source Software Act that would task the federal government with ensuring the security of open-source software like ChatGPT to prevent another Log4J debacle.
The documents that would be available via this Digital ID Wallet go beyond “health credentials” and include national identification cards, driver’s licenses and any number of other items of official documentation.
China forced citizens several years ago into having a digital ID. You can learn more about China’s digital ID, how well it’s received by citizens, and the pros and cons of this technology. Watch the video below.
Politicians and Elite’s Support Extreme Citizen Surveillance
In September 2022, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) said it will invest $200 million in digital ID projects, encompassing “digital public infrastructure, including civil registry databases and digital ID” to help meet the 2030 target date for reaching the United Nation’s (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Proposals and initiatives appear, in turn, to be closely aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, and in particular, Goal 16.9, which calls for the provision of a digital legal identity for all, including newborns, by 2030.
To this end, the UN established the UN Legal Identity Agenda Task Force in 2018. In May 2021, this task force, alongside the United Nations Development Programme and a variety of private sector actors, organized the “Future of Technology and Institutional Governance in Identity Management” roundtable sessions.
Utah’s Digital ID Pilot Program
A new digital ID experiment in Utah could make the case for more governmental support of blockchain, the technology known most for its association with cryptocurrency.
Utah Gov. Spencer Cox has approved House Bill 470, which funds a pilot program focused on verified digital credentials.
That program could pave the way for more digital ID use of blockchain, a distributed ledger tool that, essentially, lets users record information that cannot be easily changed.
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