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Care must be taken to explore completely the potential
ramifications, because the costs of abandoning, correcting, or
redesigning a system after broad deployment might well be extremely
The legal, policy, and technological issues associated with nationwide
identity systems warrant much more detailed and comprehensive
examination and assessment than are presented in this report. The
committee hopes that the extensive set of questions and issues raised
here will help to both further and inform the policy debate. The
committee welcomes feedback on this brief report as it continues
preparing its broader and more in-depth final report on the topic of
authentication technologies and their privacy implications.