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

From: Heather Vescent <heathervescent@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2022 21:21:15 -0700
Message-ID: <CA+C6qMz1vFTaqM4qSB5GDTALnTpHpOXpBzmR8jgzEy6Xwimrag@mail.gmail.com>
To: Credentials Community Group <public-credentials@w3.org>
Cc: Kaliya Identity Woman <kaliya@identitywoman.net>, Kim Hamilton <kimdhamilton@gmail.com>, Liam McCarty <liam@unumid.co>
A few months ago, I wrote a balanced (IMO) piece about the situation:
https://www.biometricupdate.com/202201/apples-promised-mobile-drivers-license-and-the-fear-of-vendor-lock-in

Also +100 to Andrew's comment.
(Andrew, shall we pick up the CCG-ISO liaison ball again?)
And bonus points to anyone who has read the ISO spec and understands what's
covered and what's still undefined. Fun reading!
Or participated in the mDL conversations a few months ago & the list
conversations.

Also, who is down to have a conversation about provisioning? Or shall we
re-invent provisioning?? I know how fun it is to re-invent something just
because it's been a few years or a decade since it was invented in some
other community.

-Heather "culture eats the technologically superior solution for breakfast"
Vescent

On Wed, Mar 23, 2022 at 8:40 PM Kim Hamilton <kimdhamilton@gmail.com> wrote:

> Other articles describing the risks of this rollout:
>
>    - https://www.wired.com/story/apple-wallet-drivers-license-digital-id/
>    -
>    https://fintechbusinessweekly.substack.com/p/what-apples-secret-dmv-contracts?s=r
>
> Hoo boy
>
> On Wed, Mar 23, 2022 at 8:03 PM Kaliya Identity Woman <
> kaliya@identitywoman.net> wrote:
>
>> Yep
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>> On Mar 23, 2022, at 7:32 PM, Liam McCarty <liam@unumid.co> wrote:
>>
>> 
>> *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
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