The DMA establishes that gatekeepers that have a dual role as developers of operating systems and device manufacturers, namely Apple and Google, cannot impose restrictions to access certain functionalities in their devices to third parties, like near-field-communication technology (NFC)
President Joe Biden’s fiscal year 2023 budget request seeks $65 billion for civilian federal agencies—an 11% increase over the $58.4 billion requested last year—as well as a significant increase in cybersecurity spending.
A national system would be based on the federal government’s whole-of-government digital identity program, which is aiming to provide identity verification across a range of government services and private sector offerings.
The bill also includes a provision for agencies to transfer the older IT that still is usable to the Computers for Learning Program, run by non-profits to help students and communities have access to hardware and software.
There has also been growing momentum for a national digital ID program in Canada. The Canadian Bankers Association recently advocated for the creation of a federated identity system, while the DIACC has published a Pan-Canadian Trust Framework in an effort to establish comprehensive standards for digital IDs within the country.