Will government embrace a new role in digital ID? An interview with Better Identity Coalition’s Jeremy Grant

Things are happening. One, I think the Hill’s continuing to look at what do they do on identity. The Equifax breach certainly spurred the hearing in the House Commerce Committee, as well as the one the House Ways and Means Committee had on the future of the Social Security number. We continue to get questions from different parts of the Hill, and you know, this was a think-piece about what the government could do and what should happen.

Two or three weeks after we put out the policy blueprint, the Treasury Department published its FinTech report. [There were] a lot of things in there around identity, echoing the call we had  for the Treasury and the regulators to look at whether there are existing regulations that either explicitly or just through ambiguity are hindering innovation when it comes to identity in this space. They specifically called out the same things that we did around the use of driver’s licenses and the fact that the Real ID Act establishes a standard for identity proofing as something that could then be leveraged perhaps, if you could get digital approaches.