Apple Wants to Store Your ID Digitally. What Could Go Wrong?

William Gallagher writes how Apple is working on methods to store your ID digitally in Wallet, like credit cards. But I found this part concerning:

This all presumes that we are able to present our ID. There are situations, such as when we’re incapacitated, when we need to be identified yet we cannot personally do anything about that. In this case, Apple proposes that under the right circumstances, our devices could “automatically transmit the user’s identity credential.”

Apple gives the example of a first responder, “such as police officer, firefighter, etc,” who could legitimately possess a device that would automatically request ID like this.

I bet law enforcement would love a Stingray-like device that can automatically harvest IDs when they walk through a protest.

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4 thoughts on “Apple Wants to Store Your ID Digitally. What Could Go Wrong?

  • Two CLEAR words for the fine folks in Cupertino regarding this “automatically transmit the user’s identity credential” part of this ID idea: No. Way. Oh heck, I digress. JBSlough already said it perhaps in an even BETTER set of words: “Ah, No.” Indeed…! What could POSSIBLY go wrong?!

    1. When you fill out your medical ID you can add medical conditions, allergies, medications, and emergency contacts. It doesn’t contain your SSN or driver’s license and there are no tools that can automatically collect that data.

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