Supporters and critics sound off on IDNYC program change
New York City has made a big change in its IDNYC programs.
The city's IDNYC cards will no longer keep personal records from future applicants as of January 2017.
Supporters of the program say this is a victory for New Yorkers' privacy.
The co-executive director of the non-profit organization, "Make the Road NY," says they are "pleased that the mayor and the speakers are taking clear step[s] to ensure the privacy of New Yorkers who want to sign up for IDNYC and access all of its important benefits..."
Supporters of the change also say this would prevent the data from becoming a deportation tool for a new Republican federal administration.
However, critics of the move, like Republican State Assembly members Ron Castorina and Nicole Malliotakis, are suing to stop the city from destroying more than 900,000 current cardholders' records.
They say those records can have information they believe could help link people to unsolved crimes.
City officials say whatever happens in court, they want cardholders to feel at ease. They say they are going to continue to be an inclusive and welcoming city for all individuals.