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February 01, 2015



What country were we supposed to think? Estonia?


Delaware is looking into it, as well. I think this is an area where getting it right is much more important than being first. We need to make sure that the appropriate safeguards are in place. In the United States, the police cannot legally search the contents of a phone without a warrant, but that isn't the case in other countries, including Canada and I'm pretty sure Dubai. Plus, I'm not sure I trust handing over an unlocked phone to a police officer for several minutes after getting pulled over, Fourth Amendment or not. Does the Dubai police/national ID app track your location? What other data is it collecting?

I think this is an area that Apple and Google should get ahead of by releasing tools specifically for creating government applications that are sandboxed and can be displayed without granting any further access to the phone. They shouldn't be regular apps. Ideally Apple and Google could find common ground here, but even if one of them acts unilaterally the other would follow suit.


An app you say?
They should have done it as a mobile web page using SMS&MMS for data transfer.

Paul Ionescu

That is awesome!


Such a bad idea.

I can just imagine the trips to lockup because of flat phone batteries and the inability to prove a valid license.

Crun Kykd

Identity, currency, tickets - these are the only remaining reasons to carry a wallet. Soon the smartphone will cover all these use cases and wallets will be history. Couldn't happen soon enough for me. I hate having to worry about lost/stolen wallets.

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