The American channel CNBC managed to get hold of the contracts signed between Apple and several American states with the aim of digitizing the identity cards provided to their citizens, to then store them on an iPhone. We learn in particular that the document stipulates additional expenses to be borne by the institutions, which they would then pass on to taxation.
Apple requires in particular that dedicated communicators be engaged to interact directly with its teams, while officials undertake to promote the new format through their various channels and at their own expense. Objective: to work on the rate of ”adoption”A feature that many citizens do not yet have enough confidence, according to a recent study.
Apple keeps control
The file obtained by CNBC has seven very self-explanatory pages and, according to the media outlet, depicts a “high degree of control over government agencies”From Apple. Particularly in Arizona and Georgia, which will be the first to offer identity cards in Cartes (formerly Wallet). The other signatory states are Iowa, Maryland, Utah and Connecticut.
For Jason Mikula, who was able to consult the agreements in question, this is a “business relationship”Difficult to accept given that issuers have the“monopoly”On the documents they provide to residents. For the consultant, the terms of the contract could have been negotiated in their best favor. Impossible to know what will have weighed in the balance, but the capacity of the billions of dollars in the bank of Apple to face divided regions since at the federal level could be one of the reasons for the discord. We know that Apple’s lobbying spending is quite high.
And in Europe?
For the moment, we do not know if Apple has also planned to deploy its virtual identity papers on the Old Continent. What is certain, however, is that Parliament often has complaints when Tim Cook’s firm tackles topics such as privacy and security, which are obviously at issue here. It is therefore better not to expect a rapid deployment, at least not for several years, until the initiative proves – or not – on the other side of the Atlantic.