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"Apple launches the first driver’s license and state ID in Wallet with Arizona”

From: Liam McCarty <liam@unumid.co>
Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2022 17:59:06 -0400
Message-Id: <CFE069C4-87D2-45C6-B55F-6B16592D45C8@unumid.co>
To: Credentials Community Group <public-credentials@w3.org>
From Apple Newsroom: "Apple launches the first driver’s license and state ID in Wallet with Arizona” <https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2022/03/apple-launches-the-first-drivers-license-and-state-id-in-wallet-with-arizona/>"Additional states to follow, including Colorado, Hawaii, Mississippi, Ohio, and the territory of Puerto Rico"

It’s sad and frustrating that this isn’t based on verifiable credentials… it appears vendor lock in is going to be hard to prevent.

For anyone who missed the November coverage about this, here’s a pretty outrageous CNBC article: "Apple is sticking taxpayers with part of the bill for rollout of tech giant's digital ID card” <https://www.cnbc.com/2021/11/14/apple-sticking-taxpayers-with-part-of-the-bill-for-digital-id-rollout.html>. Some choice quotes:
Apple has “sole discretion” for key aspects of the program, including what types of devices will be compatible with the digital IDs, how states are required to report on the performance of the effort, and when the program is launched, according to the documents. Apple even gets to review and approve the marketing that states are required to do.
The dynamic is similar to the way Apple typically deals with vendors, although instead of getting paid by Apple, the states have to shoulder the financial burden of administering the programs
All these efforts are paid for by states. The contract says that “except as otherwise agreed upon between the Parties, neither Party shall owe the other Party any fees under this Agreement.”
The agreements are also notable for what is missing, in terms of constraints or guard rails on how Apple can use the powerful capability of identity verification, according to Mikula. That raises questions about whether the company can restrict access to the new capability for competitors’ products.

This strikes me as the exact opposite of what we in this community are trying to achieve. Do others agree? What, if anything, can we do about this?

Liam McCarty
CEO, Founder of Unum ID <https://www.unumid.co/>
Forbes 30 Under 30 ||| Stanford Physics
www.LiamHaleMcCarty.com <https://www.liamhalemccarty.com/>

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