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Last month, Apple announced that digital driver’s licenses and state ID cards would soon be accessible via Apple Wallet for consumers in eight states: Arizona, Georgia, Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma and Utah. The inevitable widespread adoption of digital IDs nationwide is on the horizon, but the added convenience is likely to be accompanied by new opportunities for fraud, according to a new e-book from security and identity protection company Sontiq, “Protecting What Matters Most.”

In June of this year, Utah Community Credit Union ($2.4 billion, Provo) announced it had been selected by the Utah Driver License Division and GET Group North America, which provides the mobile driver’s license (mDL) technology platform GET Mobile Administrator, as the first financial institution in Utah to test mDLs as a legal form of identification for all banking transactions. Sontiq SVP, Data Breach Solutions Al Pascual said while early adopters of digital IDs such as Utah Community will have security on their side due to working with a digital ID-focused technology provider, he is concerned about credit unions that may begin accepting digital IDs before the necessary technology has been implemented.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has worked in the credit union space for over a decade. She joined CU Times as managing editor in 2015 and was promoted to executive editor in 2019. Before that, she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer and editor for more than 17 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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