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Questions are starting to be asked about Apple’s ID programme

by on16 November 2021

Why are US states spending tax payer money to give citizen data to Apple?

Fruity cargo cult Apple appears to be on a money spinner – it is getting tax payers money to run a service where government departments give it personal data of millions of citizens.

Surprisingly some people are starting to ask questions how this bizarre situation came about.

Under the deal Apple is making, Georgia, Arizona, Kentucky and Oklahoma foot part of the bill and provide customer support for its plan to turn iPhones into digital identification cards.

The company requires states to maintain the systems needed to issue and service credentials, hire project managers to respond to Apple inquiries, prominently market the new feature and push for its adoption with other government agencies, all at taxpayer expense, according to contracts signed by four states.

Apple announced in June that its users could soon store state-issued identification cards in the iPhone's Wallet app, billing it as a “more secure and convenient “way for customers to provide credentials in a variety of in-person and remote settings.

It seems that Apple must have been pitching the deal to its  fanboys within local authorities. Basically local authorities are ceding control of citizens' identities to a $2.46 trillion private corporation and what is worse having to pay for the privilege.

The contracts between Cupertino, California-based Apple and states including Georgia, Arizona, Kentucky and Oklahoma provide a rare glimpse into the dealings of the powerful company. Apple is known for its obsession with secrecy. It typically forces potential partners to sign non-disclosure agreements to prevent its documents from spilling into public view.


Last modified on 16 November 2021
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