State Mandated Identification

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Sovereign states have been identifying their residents as long as history has been kept. Only recently have efforts to provide identification and Privacy together been a specific concern.


This paper is focused on two trends:

  1. The move from card based driver's licenses to smartphone based Mobile Driver's Licenses.
  2. Many sovereign states have been moving in the direction of a single user authentication process for all departments and agencies of the state.


  • Even the landline phone was used for tracking as soon as it became ubiquitous. FBI wiretaps have been know to capture many types of criminal behavior.
  • Smartphones are both incredibly complex and designed specifically to understand where they are as well as how they are being used.