What Government Could Learn from Payment Companies About Identity Management

NextGov: As someone who has covered identity and biometric technology for decades, I was surprised to hear President Trump announce last week that a photo identification was now required to purchase groceries. I had not experienced this before and assumed it was some sort of new national security policy designed to keep our vegetables out of the hands of terrorists.

I realize that he was making the case for better identification protocols when voting, even though that isn’t how voter fraud takes place these days. Thousands of Russian agents aren’t secretly sneaking into the country pretending to be American citizens so that they can tip the scales in the next election. They are buying fake Facebook ads and trying to trick us into voting against our best interests.

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