New Bill Will Give Feds Even More Power Over ‘Digital ID’

House Committee on Oversight and Reform will approve a bill giving the federal government additional power in digital ID.

Reclaim the Net reported on Monday that Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL), reintroduced the bill, with bipartisan support.

“The bill seeks to require the federal government to use its authority to help citizens ‘prove who they are online’ through the provision of optional ID validation services, which ‘augment private sector digital identity and authentication solutions.’”

Committee Chair Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) praised the bill, claiming that “a secure digital identity infrastructure is an essential foundation to American economic and national security.”

Others lawmakers are concerned about the bill.

Rep. James Comer (R-KY), the committee’s ranking Republican, opposes the timeline of the bill and claims it would only provide “the appearance of action.”

“Improved and expanded digital identity technologies may well play an important role in reducing fraud, but this bill would only give the appearance of action,” he said.

The Senate introduced a similar bill by the senators. Krysten Silena (D.AZ) and Cynthia Lummis(R-WY), introduced a similar bill in the Senate. The Senate bill however maintains that digital identification should be fair.

Lummis said in a press release that “it doesn’t make sense that Americans have to constantly overshare sensitive identity information with government agencies and businesses, which are honeypots all too often targeted by hackers and identity thieves.”

Sinema claims that the new law does more to protect privacy of consumers.

“We’re supporting innovation and enhancing privacy by improving digital verification to combat identity theft, fraud, and cybercrime,” she added in the release.

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