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IPFS News Link • Surveillance

New Bill Aims to Make Digital ID Pervasive in the United States

•, By Ken Macon

The bill is set to be approved by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

We obtained a copy of the bill for you here.

The bill seeks to require the federal government to use its authority to help citizens "prove who they are online" through the provision of optional ID validation services, which "augment private sector digital identity and authentication solutions."

The bill would also require the creation of a task force on digital identity and a grant program at the DHS to support the development of interoperable identity verification systems at the local and state levels.

Expressing her support for the bill, Committee Chair Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) said, "a secure digital identity infrastructure is an essential foundation to American economic and national security."

However, the committee's ranking Republican Rep. James Comer (R-KY) opposed the grant program provision in the bill and the timeline of the bill (the task force has three years to release a final report.)

"Improved and expanded digital identity technologies may well play an important role in reducing fraud, but this bill would only give the appearance of action," he said.