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State agencies make progress on digital IDs that will improve remote transactions and reduce identity fraud. But the U.S. still needs a national vision.
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Mobile driver’s licenses, digital passports, electronic birth certificates and other government-issued digital credentials are building blocks for stronger identity verification.
For unhoused individuals, disaster victims and others, missing identity documents create a barrier to qualifying for government benefits. Digital credentials may be a solution.
Better privacy protection, constituent control over data, enhanced anti-fraud protection and trusted digital credentials are some keys to success.
Constituents are concerned about identity fraud and they support more funding for fraud prevention. They’re apprehensive about AI for identity verification.
Social safety net agencies need a layered security strategy that includes biometrics, digital IDs, artificial intelligence and strong data governance.
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