Secure Identity Alliance welcomes ID4Africa as advisory observer

ID4Africa has joined the Secure Identity Alliance as an Advisory Observer. ID4Africa will support the Secure Identity Alliance’s work advocating for trusted digital identities for all in Africa and will provide valuable knowledge-sharing and insights on launching successful and sustainable identity programs across the continent. ID4Africa Executive Chairman Dr Joseph J. Atick will represent ID4Africa. Dr. Atick brings more than 25 years experience with many of the world’s leading identity programs and is an active partner of many international organizations

9M enrolled in Malawi identity program

Nine million Malawians have been successfully registered in the country’s nationwide identity program using biometric registration kits from Laxton Group. Laxton was awarded the contract by the United Nations Development Program in February 2017. The biometric registration kits were used by National Registration Bureau officers to register new applicants and amend existing records for the nationwide registration campaign. Laxton’s solution included the delivery of 2,000 registration kits, a central biometric record management system, in-country project management, and training of National

Biometric ID program for displaced Rohingya completes first phase

A UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) program to count families among displaced Rohingya refugees from Myanmar and identify individuals with biometric registration has completed its first phase, counting over half a million people, a UNHCR spokesperson says. The program is overseen by Bangladesh’s Minister of Home Affairs and conducted jointly by the UNHCR and Bangladesh’s Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commission (RRRC). The first phase was carried out in the Kutupalong camp, makeshift areas around it, and the makeshift area of Balukhali,

Jamaica’s senate expected to pass national ID and registration bill

Jamaica’s National Identification and Registration Act, 2017, which seeks to establish an identification system for citizens and residents, is expected to be passed at the next sitting of the Senate. The move comes a few months after Prime Minister Andrew Holness initially pledged the government’s commitment to making the establishment of the National Identification System (NIDS) a priority. The government is seeking to secure funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to develop the identification system, which is being implemented

UIDAI proposes payments regulator to prevent conflict of interest

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the the governing body for Aadhaar, is calling for a “payments system regulator” to prevent conflict of interest and ensure data security by monitoring digital payments, according to a report by International Business Times. According to the agency, the payments system regulator will scale up Aadhaar-based transactions by encouraging interoperability and dissuading unauthorized uses of biometric data. “In UIDAI’s opinion, there is a need for a payments system regulator/observer who can engage with

African national biometric programs tackle scale challenges

Several African nations at different stages of their biometric registration processes have recently announced new efforts to improve their identity systems. The actions could save millions of dollars for the federal government of Nigeria, provide assurance of fairness and legitimacy for Zimbabwe’s upcoming elections, and Liberia. Nigeria takes on biometric data harmonization Nigeria’s House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to work towards the harmonization of biometric data captured for identity programs by myriad different agencies. Rep. Ochiglegor Idagbo

Six states will trial digital driver’s license tests in 2018

The governments of six states — including Iowa, Colorado, Idaho, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Wyoming — will begin trialing digital and mobile driver’s license tests in 2018, according to a report by Government Technology. In what is perhaps the most notable plans of the six states, Iowa is collaborating with IDEMIA to introduce the mobile drivers’ licenses (mDLs) to iOS and Android users, as well as develop the biometric technology to access the app. Officials in all six states hope

Petition says linking Aadhaar with bank accounts violates right to privacy

A new petition has been filed against Aadhaar in India’s Supreme Court, challenging Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) decision to link the 12-digit biometric identity number to bank accounts on grounds that it violates the right to privacy, according to a report by Inc42. The petition, filed by Kalyani Menon Sen, comes a day after RBI announced that linking of bank accounts with Aadhaar is now mandatory under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. “The government has

IDEMIA to revamp Colombia’s identification and civil registry platform

IDEMIA (formerly known as OT-Morpho) has been selected by the National Civil Registry of Colombia, the Colombian government agency overseeing citizen identity, to update the identification and civil registry platform. As the trusted database of citizens’ biometric and alphanumeric data, the identification and civil registry platform ensures the uniqueness of identities. IDEMIA has worked with the RNEC since the beginning of this project as well as has constantly supported the solution’s successive improvements. Seeking a need to reinforce the platform

NXP releases thinnest contactless chip module for passport and ID cards

NXP Semiconductors N.V. released its new, ultra-thin contactless chip module that significantly improves the design flexibility of passport and identity cards. At only 200 μm thick ­– which is approximately four times the thickness of an average human hair – the MOB10 is 20 percent thinner than its predecessor, making it ideally suited for use in ultra-thin inlays for passport data pages and identity cards. The MOB10 is currently the thinnest contactless module available in high volumes and supports polycarbonate