The Canadian province is moving fast to bring in a digital ID system for every citizen.

Posted BY: Bill | NwoReport

The tone of reports coming out of Canada about the pace of the introduction of digital IDs in the country’s various provinces suggests that it’s now a race to achieve that goal.

Newfoundland and Labrador are hopeful it will be able to launch its digital ID this year – but Ontario is seen as “lagging behind.”

Never mind that many advocacy groups and observers consider this to basically be a race to the (civil liberties and privacy) bottom. That is not what media reporting about the developments in this sector choose to focus on – although they must and do knowledge the potential, and significant harm that could arise from introducing the schemes.

Thus, we learn from sources like Canada’s public broadcaster CBC that local officials, like Newfoundland Digital Government Minister Sarah Sarah Stoodley, are aggressively optimistic about their province “taking the lead” in ushering in the digital ID era for the whole country.

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That’s just as Newfoundland’s Privacy Commissioner Michael Harvey appeared to be trying to talk some common sense into the discourse around the subject by saying that the convenience arising from digital IDs is undeniable – but so are the hazards related to this “convenience.”

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