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GonzSTL
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GonzSTL,
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12/16/2014 | 10:38:37 AM
Re: Digital vs paper
Personally, I would be uncomfortable with simply handing my smartphone over to anyone. If and when this initiative comes to fruition, I will simply opt to have a physical license in lieu of an electronic one. I've been carrying my license for decades, and I am comfortable with that. The privacy issue is simply too big to surmount. There will be those however, who will opt for the electronic version, and there will be legal issues, I'm sure. One thing is certain – this will open up new avenues of revenue for lawyers ... because we need more litigation in our society, right?
GAProgrammer
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GAProgrammer,
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12/15/2014 | 12:50:33 PM
Re: Digital vs paper
While it is true that people have replaced their insurance cards with apps, that is a far cry from replacing the almost universal key piece of information used to confirm your ID. I think that as technology advances, we will continue to see that opportunities will have to be tempered with common sense and logic.

The question is no longer HOW can we do something. It is SHOULD we do it at all? Do the benefits outweight the side effects or unintended consequences? As you said, it sounds good on the surface..but once you start to dig in, all sorts of issues and problems arise. Some can be addressed, some cannot.
Joe Stanganelli
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12/14/2014 | 11:46:37 PM
Re: Digital vs paper
Indeed, it's little wonder that foreign governments like Germany and Russia are turning back to typewriters and good old-fashioned paper files.
danielcawrey
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12/13/2014 | 6:39:04 PM
Digital vs paper
It would seem as though on the surface this is a good idea. After all, we are always finding new ways to replace paper with digital these days.

But as I went through this article I realized how much of a problem this could become. Some state like Iowa or another is going to do this, and it is going to be a test tube trail in seeing how successful it can really be.

After all, insurance docs are already available on smartphones, and insurance comapnies are advertising this fact. 


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