Are Tech Companies Putting Users at Risk of Identity Theft?

After Apple’s recent move to allow iPhone users to store their ID on their phone with iOS 15, experts warned that the practice might be unsafe—but what about the growing trend of tech companies asking users to provide their ID to verify their age or identity? 

Experts say that might be risky, too.

Last September, YouTube became the latest in a slew of platforms that now ask users to submit their identity documents for verification. Although the company explained in a blog post that the new policy was in line with upcoming European regulations and parent company Google’s country-specific age rules, other companies like Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn all have enforced similar identity verification policies for years.

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