Ethiopia to enroll all refugees in new biometric system by end of 2018

Ethiopia is carrying out a large-scale biometric enrollment project for refugees to deliver better protection and assistance to them in accord with the country’s Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF), which addresses the pledges of the 2016 New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants. More than 100,000 refugees arrived in the country in 2017, and along with other refugees in the country, all are expected to be registered in the Biometric Identity Management System (BIMS) by the end of 2018, according

Online publication of Aadhaar info not a security breach, UIDAI says

Media reports suggesting sensitive Aadhaar data has been breached are an inaccurate representation of fact, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) said in a statement issued Monday by India’s Ministry of Electronics and IT. Numerous media outlets reported last week that approximately 210 government websites had published personal information related to Aadhaar registrants, following a proactive disclosure by UIDAI under the RTI (Right to Information) Act. While the details were published, UIDAI says the data is public information, and

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

UK CCTV watchdog issues warning to police chiefs over facial recognition tech

A CCTV watchdog has written to police chiefs to warn that the increased use of facial recognition technology risks infringing people’s privacy. The UK Government’s independent Surveillance Camera Commissioner, Tony Porter, has written to the National Police Chiefs Council to warn that the increased use of facial recognition technology risks infringing people’s privacy. According to a report by the EveningStandard, Porter added that “if not responsibly considered and regulated it could undermine public confidence”. The Commissioner also called for more

EU to collect biometrics of all visitors, could include post-Brexit UK citizens

The European Parliament has approved a new entry/exit system (ESS) to store the biometric information of all non-EU citizens visiting in and out of the EU Schengen area, which could also include British citizens, post-Brexit, according to a report by Computer Weekly. As part of the Smart Borders package, the electronic system will comprise of a central database storing the name, travel document, fingerprints, facial image, date and place of entry, exit and entry refusal of every third-country national –

UIDAI chairman says Aadhaar helped government save $9B

Nandan Nilekani, the first chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), said that the Aadhaar Card system helped save India $9 billion by curbing cases of misuse of beneficiary welfare schemes, according to a report by Little India. “By having a unique number, you eliminate fakes and duplicates from your beneficiary and employee lists. That alone has saved the government $9 billion,” Nilekani said at a World Bank panel discussion on “Digital Economy for Development” in Washington. “It

Australian startups want access to facial biometrics database

The Australian government’s initiative to allow law enforcement agencies to access facial recognition images stored on a national database has raised privacy and state surveillance concerns. However, the executive of E4 Australia is calling on the government to take the measure one step further by allowing the private sector to access the biometric images, according to a report by Business Insider. Earlier this month, the federal government signed an agreement with its state and territory counterparts to provide law enforcement agencies

Nigeria Communications Commission stresses centralized identity database

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has once again emphasized the federal government should consolidate its multiple databases into a single database to reinforce the country’s identity management plan, according to a report by This Day. Tony Ojobo, director of public Affairs at NCC, made the decision while delivering a paper at a public forum organized by the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR). He said that creating a centralized database for the country would ensure that all Nigerians have easy

Australian government seeks to expand facial recognition system

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will call on state and territory governments to disclose driver’s licence photos for use in a national facial recognition system, according to a report by IT News. The initial phase of the facial recognition system – the face verification service (FVS) – was implemented last year, soon after it received $18.5 million in funding. FVS is designed to decrease cross-border criminal activities by allowing law enforcement agencies share the facial images of citizens in order

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