New York Rolls Out Digital ID as Online Age-Verification Laws Passed

New York has just rolled out its official digital ID, allowing all residents in the state to convert their traditional driver’s licenses or non-driver documents into the new app-based formats.

As of this week, New Yorkers can now download the New Longyear Mobile ID app from both the Apple App Store and Google Play.

This digital version allows users to verify their identity online and at airports and other physical locations requiring ID.

To set up their digital identity, users must initially scan both sides of their existing physical ID card using their smartphone.

The introduction of the state’s new digital ID comes shortly after New York just passed its new online age-verification laws.

Lawmakers in New York have passed the Stop Addictive Feeds Exploitation (SAFE) for Kids Act and the Child Data Protection Act.

Assembly Bill A8148A and Senate Bill S7694A (that became the SAFE Act) were introduced as aiming to prevent social platforms from showing minors “addictive” (i.e., algorithmically manipulated) feeds, among a host of other provisions.

Parental consent is now required for children to have access to the latter versions of the feeds.

Conveniently, this means that the controversial age verification for adults must be introduced into the mix.

The launch of New York’s new digital ID was unveiled at a media event at LaGuardia Airport.

Top officials were present for the event, including Robert Duffy, the federal security director for the Transportation Security Administration.

During the briefing, the introduction of digital IDs was pitched as a significant step toward modernizing identity security and airport screening processes.

Officials insisted that the digital IDs are optional.

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They argued that they offer greater convenience without being mandatory, for now.

However, as we’ve previously seen with such schemes, while they may not be “mandatory,” they will be required for those who wish to access basic everyday services.

Currently, there is no mandatory requirement for businesses or law enforcement to accept mobile IDs.

For the time being at least, acceptance is entirely voluntary.

Businesses, including bars, may begin accepting digital IDs immediately.

However, they must install a state-sanctioned verifier application.

According to a press release from Democrat Governor Kathy Hochul’s office, the New York Mobile ID app is operational in nearly 30 airports nationwide.

All terminals at LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports now accept digital IDs.

New York is now among a growing list of states such as Arizona, Colorado, and Utah that have embraced mobile driver’s licenses.

The shift to mobile IDs aligns with the broader trend of smartphones becoming digital wallets, capable of storing not just credit cards and IDs, but even car keys.

However, this shift raises significant privacy issues.

One major issue is the potential for increased surveillance.

Digital IDs can be tracked more easily than physical cards.

This increased surveillance potentially exposes detailed information about individuals’ movements and activities.

There are concerns about how securely this data is stored, especially when managed by third-party vendors.

This capability poses a threat to personal privacy.

It could enable both governmental and non-governmental entities to collect and analyze vast amounts of personal data without explicit consent.

Furthermore, the security of the data stored in digital IDs is a pressing concern.

With third-party vendors often involved in managing these digital identities, the risk of data breaches or misuse increases.

In addition, the long-term plans for digital IDs include support for Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) – or “digital cash.”

Globalists have long touted the potential for controlling the public through digital cash.

Members of the World Economic Forum (WEF) have repeatedly stated that replacing physical money with digital cash will global elites “absolute control” over populations.

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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