The Digital Identity Act

Recently enacted statute on personal and organizational digital identity

Update: June 2, 2021

I'm pleased to share my testimony of 6/28/2021 (below) on the recently enacted digital identity legislation, delivered before the Wyoming legislature’s Select Committee on Blockchain and Technology Innovation.

This testimony outline potential next steps to extend and connect the new law to other parts of the existing statutory code, and explores the concept of “principal authority” and the differences and connections between the personal digital identity that an individual uses to communicate or act through on the one hand and personal data or personally identifiable information on the other hand. I have also included some relevant excerpts from other parts of the hearing on this law.

The May 28th, 2021 testimony is available here and embedded below:


Original Post: April 2, 2021

I'm pleased to share my testimony of 3/23/2021 (below) on recently enacted digital identity legislation, delivered before the Wyoming House Judiciary Committee.

This bill passed the Wyoming House and Senate and earlier this week was signed into law by the Governor (see:https://governor.wyo.gov/media/news-releases/2021-news-releases/2021-bills-signed-into-law).

For more background context on the legislation see this CIVICS.com blog post: https://civics.com/2020/09/29/wyoming-digital-identity-legislation-update and for an informative discussion of this bill at the 2021 MIT Computational Law Course by Senator Rothfuss, see the video below:

To read the bill text, as passed by the Wyoming House and Senate, see https://wyoleg.gov/Legislation/2021/SF0039

I hope this new law provides a helpful legal building block with which people can start to control their own digital identities.

Kudos: Chris Rothfuss, Christopher Allen, Tiemae Roquerre, Scott David, Brittany Kaiser, Henning Diedrich, Clare Sullivan, Carla Reyes, Tyler Lindholm, Tara Nethercott