Brazil bolsters its biometrics-based citizen database

According to a ZDNet report, the Brazilian Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE) has been granted access to systems maintained by driver registration body Denatran, including the biographical and biometric data of some 60 million citizens.

The Brazilian government is looking to create a single citizen database and unified ID card and has a goal to collect biometric information from 140 million citizens by 2020. TSE is responsible for leading the single biometric database efforts.

According to TSE president Gilmar Mendes, the unified ID card and database will offer more efficiency in terms of resources to serve citizens and deliver public policies and access to the data will boost the database without the risk of duplication.

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