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Philippines – House passes National ID system bill on 2nd reading

By | September 3, 2017

The House of Representatives has approved on second reading a measure to establish an identification system which provides official national ID for all Filipinos. House Bill 6221, passed on second reading last Wednesday, seeks the creation of a National Identification Database System, which will be known as the Filipino Identification System or FilSys. Laguna Representative Sol Aragones, one… Read More »

Ghana – NIA contract: Ken Agyapong peddling lies – NIA

By | September 2, 2017

Executive Secretary of the National Identification Authority (NIA), Prof Ken Attafuah, has indicated that contrary to claims by Assin Central MP, Kennedy Agyepong, that a new contract has been awarded under suspicious circumstances, no fresh contract has been signed. The criminologist also pointed out that the accusations of corruption by Mr Agyapong against Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, are… Read More »

It will now be easier for trans Pakistanis to get national ID

By | September 1, 2017

After a tough week for Pakistan’s trans community, it will now be easier for them to apply for official documents. Most people in Pakistan have a Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC). It is an ID card that also allows them to be counted in the census. Many employers will not hire a person without a CNIC. Pakistan was… Read More »

Philippines – House okays nat’l ID system on 2nd reading

By | August 31, 2017

MANILA — The House of Representatives has approved on second reading a bill seeking to create a national identification (ID) system that will streamline, integrate and simplify public and private transactions in the country. Members of the lower chamber passed via viva voce voting House Bill 6221, an Act Establishing the Filipino Identification System (FilSys), which is included in… Read More »

Ireland – Call for debate on ID cards amid PSC controversy

By | August 29, 2017

A solicitor and data protection expert has expressed concerns over the introduction of the new Public Services Card. Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Simon McGarr said there does not appear to be a lawful basis to make it a compulsory requirement, but compulsion is being levied on individuals to force them to get it. Minister for Employment and… Read More »

Bangladesh – EC starts printing smart NID cards on its own

By | August 28, 2017

The Election Commission (EC) has cancelled an agreement with French company ‘Oberthur Technologies’ and started printing smart national identity (NID) cards on its own. The EC’s Acting Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed confirmed this while talking to reporters at the commission secretariat in Agargoan, Dhaka on Sunday. He said the contract between the EC and the French company to print… Read More »

Bulgaria – Electronic Identity Cards are Postponed for 2019

By | August 28, 2017

The government is quietly preparing to postpone once again the introduction of personal documents with electronic identification. The new date on which the government is planning to introduce them is January 1, 2019. The previous Cabinet of Boyko Borissov had promised chip documents to become a reality in the beginning of 2018 after failing to handle this task… Read More »

South Africa – Biometrics not a threat

By | August 28, 2017

As government institutions explore and introduce biometric systems, concerns have been raised about how the state intends to use the collected private information to police and control South African citizens. Last week, Right2Know Gauteng (R2K Gauteng) took to the streets in protest of the national smart ID card system. R2K Gauteng wants the end of the use of biometrics and to keep the State… Read More »

South Africa – Pretoria residents protest over smart ID cards

By | August 23, 2017

They complain that they cannot afford to pay R140 for a new ID card as they have other responsibilities. It is unfair for the home affairs department to expect South Africans to pay R140 for new smart ID cards when many are living below the poverty line. These were sentiments expressed by the Right 2 Know (R2K) campaign… Read More »

Australia – New ID cards for Queensland teenagers

By | August 23, 2017

YOUNG Queenslanders will be able to access proof-of-age cards after amendments were passed through State Parliament tonight. The amendment means 15-year-olds will be able to access the cards, allowing them to sign mobile phone contracts, open bank accounts and sign up to tertiary and Tafe education. Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said the changes also meant it would remove… Read More »

Kyrgyzstan: Biometric IDs Fuel Debate About Ethnicity

By | August 22, 2017

Kyrgyzstan’s government is distributing biometric ID cards with embedded microchips to its population, amid a rowdy polemic about whether the document should include information about the holder’s ethnicity. The issue is particularly sensitive, given the country’s Soviet legacy and its more recent history of inter-ethnic conflict. The government began handing out the new-look IDs in December. Proponents of… Read More »

Nigeria – Why PPP Model Should Be Adopted For National ID

By | August 16, 2017

The world has moved in terms of technology and innovation. The Nigerian government at the moment does not have the resources to throw at any national identity card project; neither does the economy have appetite for any white elephant project. It is, therefore, best for the government to apply the same public private partnership (PPP) model that was… Read More »

Israel – Most Jerusalemites Prefer Biometric Passports

By | August 15, 2017

The Population Registry on Tuesday, 23 Menachem Av, released statistics pertaining to the regular and biometric teudat zehut, the Israeli identity card. It appears that from the beginning of June 2016, no less than 149,585 biometric ID cards were issued as were 253,207 biometric passports. Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, a supporter of the biometric program and national database,… Read More »

Nigeria – NIMC plans e-ID Cards’ replacement, renewal

By | August 11, 2017

National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) said that it is working to ensure every Nigerian with National Identity Number (NIN) receives the electronic identity cards, and that it has set up machinery to renew others about to expire. Engineer Aliyu Aziz, NIMC’s director general and chief executive officer, regretted that recession and the inability of the private partners to… Read More »

Nigeria – Funds stall production of electronic ID cards

By | August 9, 2017

Lack of funds tied to recession is currently slowing the production and issuance of the national electronic identification card being handled by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC). Out of the 18.5 million enrolments and registrations made since 2012, when the project began, NIMC has only been able to issue 1.2 million cards. The Director-General of NIMC, Aliyu… Read More »

Indonesia – Anti-graft body to grill six witnesses in e-ID card graft case

By | August 7, 2017

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is set to question six witnesses in its investigation into an e-ID card graft case. “The six will be questioned as witnesses in the case against Setya Novanto (SN),” KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah said here on Monday. The six are Kurniawan Prasetyta Atmaja, chief of national identity number and… Read More »

Nepal – National ID card will be gender inclusive, says Minister Sharma

By | July 25, 2017

Home Minister Janardan Sharma has claimed that the new national identity card, which is going to be launched soon as a pilot project, will be gender inclusive. Responding to queries raised by some lawmakers about the rumoured features of the new ID that is supposed to replace the citizenship card, Sharma said the details will include the names… Read More »

Samoa – National ID in the pipeline

By | July 21, 2017

 (M.P.M.C. Press Secretary) – Samoa is on her way to having her very own National Identification Card, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has revealed. The National ID concept has been long in the government’s thinking tank, the Prime Minister was quick to add. Like the United States Green Card, Samoa is on its way to having a National… Read More »

Indonesia’s graft agency probes missing S$205.5 million in identity card project

By | July 20, 2017

What could be Indonesia’s largest graft probe revolves around the embezzlement of more than 2 trillion rupiah (S$205.5 million), or nearly half of the 5.9 trillion rupiah Parliament approved to pay for the national e-KTP project. KTP stands for kartu tanda penduduk, or identity card in Bahasa Indonesia. The biometric cards were supposed to be issued to Indonesians… Read More »

Indonesian politician denies corruption allegations after being identified by watchdog

By | July 18, 2017

The speaker of Indonesia’s parliament, once hailed by US President Donald Trump as one of Indonesia’s most powerful men, has denied any wrongdoing after being named a suspect in a corruption scandal in which officials allegedly pocketed more than US$170 million of government money. Setya Novanto told a televised news conference on Tuesday he would respect the legal… Read More »