Brazil to trial biometric pension benefits app with 10,000 retired civil servants
Brazil is testing a new facial recognition program on 10,000 retired public servants to streamline periodic verification used to confirm eligibility for pension benefits, ZDNet reports. Trial participants will conduct the biometric check-ins using a mobile public services app designed by the federal government.
The biometric measure will allow individuals to conduct their annual certificate-of-existence or proof-of-life checks with government offices to receive their retirement benefits. Currently, regulations require individuals to do annual in-person check-ins before their birthday to remain eligible for pension payments.
If successful, the biometric proof-of-life checks will be extended to 700,000 users. The measures will also be integrated into a facial recognition system designed by Brazil’s social security administration to provide access to public services.
According to the Brazilian Ministry of Economy, the new technology will not only streamline social services and increase convenience but will also be more cost-effective than conventional in-person processing.
This pilot is the latest initiative in Brazil’s push for digital identity and service delivery.