RCOA express concerns about Australian biometrics bill

The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA), the national organization for refugees, asylum seekers and the organisations and individuals who work with them, has submitted its recommendations to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs inquiry into the Migration Amendment (Strengthening Biometrics Integrity) Bill 2015. The move comes a few weeks after the bill’s introduction, which will effectively allow Australian authorities to collect biometric data from children as well as enable airport border control personnel to perform mobile fingerprint

Law Council of Australia expresses concerns about national biometrics bill

The Law Council of Australia has recommended that a new bill that will allow the immigration department to collect biometric data to not be passed before it undergoes a proper assessment by the privacy commissioner regarding its impact, according to a report by Computerworld. The move comes a few weeks after the bill’s introduction, which will allow Australian authorities to collect biometric data from children as well as enable airport border control to perform mobile fingerprint checks on individuals suspected

Dutch government considering collecting biometrics for ID documents

The Netherlands government may make it mandatory for all citizens to submit their fingerprint data to be stored in a database when applying for a passport, based on a European Court of Justice ruling this week, according to a report by the Netherland Times. Upon discovering that there were no existing rules in place prohibiting the collection and storage of biometric data, the Dutch Council of State called on the EU court to provide legal explanations about the European Union

State comptroller urges delay of Israeli biometric database due to ‘fundamental problems’

In a report titled “National Biometric Documentation – A Trial Period”, Israel’s state comptroller Joseph Shapira highlighted the “fundamental faults” he discovered in the proposed mandatory national biometric database, according to a report by Haaretz. Prior to releasing the report, Shapira sent copies to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Interior Minister Gilad Erdan and urged them to delay legislation on a new national biometric database before informing him of the appropriate steps taken to resolve the issues highlighted in the

Japanese organization considers shared biometric database to combat shoplifting

The National Shoplifting Prevention Organization (NSPO), a nonprofit organization of major Japanese retail businesses, is considering developing a biometric database to share facial recognition data in order to combat shoplifting across Japan, according to a report by The Japan News. The NSPO said it would consider allowing retail stores to share the facial data with other stores in the same industry or other establishments in the region. The organization proposes to set up a shared biometric database, and store managers

Central Bank of Nigeria’s biometric registration sees complications

The Central Bank of Nigeria said that many customers are either unaware of the upcoming mandatory biometric registration or are experiencing complications, just weeks away from the June deadline for all customers to register for their Bank Verification Number (BVN), according to a report by Naija 247 News. The biometric registration system was launched in February 2014 by the former CBN governor Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. The system is designed to create a stronger Know Your Customer (KYC) for banks,

Israel Interior Minister presenting legislation for mandatory national biometric ID system

Israel Interior Minister Gilad Erdan is presenting legislation to enforce a mandatory national biometric identification system, according to a report by Israel National News. Initially passed by the Knesset in December 2009, the Biometric Database Law mandates the collection of fingerprints and facial images from all Israeli residents, as well as integrating these biometric details in domestic ID cards and national passports. The legislation also called for the creation of a biometric government database for the purpose of managing access

Pakistan police to digitalize criminal records for centralized biometric database

Pakistan’s Inspector General of Police (ICP) ordered the completion of the digitalization of criminal records at all police stations to ensure the launch of its centralized biometric database by May 10, 2015, according to a report by Pakistan Today. The Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) also confirmed that he had established a connection with the National Database and Registration Authority. The NADRA link will make it possible to view the details of all arrested suspects,

India’s plan to track kids from birth using biometrics hits a roadblock

In a meeting last year, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on officials to ensure that all children below six years are enrolled in the Aadhaar biometric identification system as well as using its online system to track children from birth, according to a report by Business Standard. The initiative is designed to simultaneously provide each child with a biometric identification number and birth certificate. The Aadhaar biometric identification system previously only applied to children aged six and above. Senior

South African bank, Department of Home Affairs combine biometric databases

South Africa’s Capitec Bank and the Department of Home Affairs have combined their biometric databases in an effort to curb identity fraud, according to a report by Business Tech. Since launching in 2001, the bank has stored its customers’ fingerprint data in a database for the purpose of verifying their identities for banking transactions. With this latest partnership with the Department of Home Affairs, Capitec’s biometric database now links to the agency’s database, “making it much harder for criminals to