Europe’s New Digital Identity Wallet: Security or Tyranny?

Source: Brownstone Institute
by David Thunder

“Several people, including Dutch MEP Rob Roos, have raised concerns that a centralised digital ID could put Europeans’ privacy and mobility rights in jeopardy. A letter signed by over 500 ‘cybersecurity experts, researchers, and civil society organisations from across the globe,’ warns that the proposed digital ID regulations will reduce rather than enhance citizens digital security. But one of its leading architects, Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton, maintains that ‘the wallet has the highest level of both security & privacy,’ while EU President Ursula von der Leyen insists that this is ‘a technology where we can control ourselves what data is used and how.’ So either critics are overplaying civil liberty and privacy concerns, or the technology’s defenders are downplaying them. They cannot both be right.” (11/13/23)