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Equity in Civic Technology, Privacy & Data

Letter to White House from CDT and Rights Groups Warns of Risks from Using Biometric Info for ID Verification

As the Administration considers an Executive Order on identity management and fraud prevention for government benefits, CDT is part of a coalition of seven civil rights and technology advocacy organizations that sent a letter to the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy underscoring the risks of promoting or mandating the use of biometric information to enable remote verification of applicant or beneficiary identities.

The groups urged the White House instead to instead direct departments and agencies to adopt digital identity solutions that protect and enhance privacy, security, equity, and accessibility.

Read the full letter here.