“The Senate Commerce Committee will convene on Thursday to deliberate the contentious Kids Online Safety Act, a bill that, if passed, would cause platforms to introduce ID verification for users and significantly reduce privacy online.

Despite the law’s admirable aims to regulate the way online platforms display content and ads to under-17s, its implementation could potentially jeopardize privacy, with platforms potentially needing to introduce ID checks.”

Analyst Comment: This is the backdoor to national digital ID and Republicans have become one of the biggest advocates for it. Online ID verification requires centralized ID verification systems. This is all the infrastructure required to make a national, digital ID functional.