Brazil assesses state readiness for national biometric digital ID scheme roll-out

The readiness of Brazilian states for the implementation of the country’s new digital ID scheme are being assessed, including how many people they have enrolled in the biometric database, ahead of a possible November roll-out, Reclaim the Net reports.

Under the scheme, IDs will be held in a mobile app. Approximately 100 million Brazilians, or half of the population, have been biometrically registered so far for a National Identification Number (DNI).

Brazil’s Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE) operates the national digital identity program (ICN), which is intended to cut down on voter fraud, benefits fraud and other problems. In addition to how many people have been registered, the number of validation check locations available in each state will be counted.

The TSE says Brazil’s digital ID database is integrated with social security data, and could be used by the National Institute of Social Security (INSS) to prevent benefit fraud. Driving licenses, birth and marriage certificates, public health registration data, and other ID cards could eventually be integrated with the project.

TSE’s biometric registration of voters began in 2008, and the DNI project was approved in 2017, with trials beginning in February 2018 with TSE staff.

The government plans to launch the digital ID service to full operation by 2020.

Brazilian telecom Vivo also announced plans last November to biometrically register its full subscriber base within four years.

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