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Digital ID's: Could it be the Wave of the Future?


GEORGETOWN, De. - Could it be the wave of the future? Imagine being pulled over by the police, and instead of being asked for your ID, you were asked to pull out your cell phone.

Jennifer Cohan, the Secretary for the Delaware Department of Transportation said she has high hopes that this new technology will revolutionize customer service. If immediately used, Delaware would be the first state to use such technology in the entire country.

"What we're looking to produce is a physical image of the physical card," she said.

Cohan has lead the charge for these Digital ID's. And now the general assembly is calling for a feasibility study, in which DelDOT will study a similar developing pilot program in Iowa. Cohan said that if all goes according to plan, there's no reason Delaware can't get a similar program running first.

"Delaware's known as being one of the most progressive DMV's in the country," she said. "And we like being first in Delaware. And we think that is something that our customers are gonna like as an option."

The Digital ID would only be as option, as those who want to keep their physical card would be able to do so. Still some in law enforcement have voiced concern. Rep. Steve Smyk of Milton said that cost, privacy, and security have been some of the biggest issues.

With all of the recent situations of hacking, Smyk said that digital security is a major issue. 

"What I'm concerned about with the security of these electronic devices," he said. "Or anything that comes across electronically - is that it's easily manipulated by an outside source. And we see that globally."

Many in law enforcement have also raised concern with privacy. When checking the digital ID's, officers don't want to see all the rest of phone's contents. Cohan said that when the app opens though, the rest of the phone would close down to avoid this problem.

The developer of the technology would be a company called "MorphoTrust." That company is already the driver license vendor for Delaware and 40 other states. Cohan said that if the preliminary study goes well, Delaware could begin testing later this year."

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