Apple announced that its Wallet app is now allowing some states to store digital IDs. However, some experts claimed that the restrictions are too strict.
Apple Wallet app allows you to store your digital items so that you would no longer need to carry those tickets and other small pieces of paper, which can easily be lost. Now, the giant iPhone maker confirmed that it would soon allow states to store digital IDs.
Announced in September, it will allow residents in eight US states to store state IDs and driver’s licenses inside the Apple Wallet app on their iPhones. But Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah “bear the burden of maintaining [the feature], at taxpayer expense.”
Here are the exact agreement details between Apple and the qualified states:
- State bodies must employ or allocate people and resources to support the project “on a timeline to be determined by Apple” and, if manufacturer requests, “designate” project managers to answer Apple’s questions.
- The contract requires states to market the new feature – but Apple has review and approval power of those marketing materials.
- Apple retains control over when the feature is launched and what devices are compatible – but state agencies are responsible for maintaining the relevant computer systems and legal compliance and Apple stipulates how they report on its “performance.”
- The digital ID must be “proactively” offered to every new license holder or renewal at no extra cost to the person applying.
- States must promote it to agencies such as local law enforcement or anyone else who regularly checks IDs.
Are New Wallet App Restrictions Too Strict?
Since the mentioned requirements above are quite extreme, some experts, as well as government officials, claim that the restrictions are too strict.
Based on the details mentioned above, the end result is that states bear the burden of maintaining technology systems at taxpayer expense, a move that ultimately benefits the app and gadget developer, as well as its shareholders by making its devices even more essential than they already are.
When giant iPhone maker announced the first details of its ID scheme for its Wallet application, it emphasized the encryption and other security features, stressing neither the company nor state officials could know “when or where” users showed IDs.
During the coronavirus pandemic, there was significant public resistance in some countries, including the UK, to the idea of digital COVID passports or other ID, despite the NHS Covid-19 app eventually being widely adopted for that purpose in England.
Benefits of Wallet App
Aside from supporting digital IDs in several states, the popular Wallet application offers other capabilities that would benefit consumers. The giant iPhone maker explained that The Wallet app lives right on your iPhone. It’s where you securely keep your credit and debit cards, transit cards, boarding passes, tickets, car keys, and more, all in one place.
If you want to see more details, you can click this link to know more about the popular Wallet app.