DHS Considers Digital Versions of Immigration and Travel Credentials

The Department of Homeland Security is pursuing initial steps with private sector partners to build infrastructure to store digital versions of travel and immigration credentials. DHS is also looking to create verification technology to accept the credentials. The initiative is part of DHS’s plan to modernize the agency’s paper-heavy functions and is designed to be used in addition to traditional credentials, not to replace them.

What they’re saying: The move has drawn some criticism from privacy and immigrant advocates who say that digital documents could be accessed by hackers and could harm individuals without a smartphone. 

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