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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 high.

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.

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