FB pixel

One Caribbean digital ID and card announced, another faces political opposition

Turks and Caicos begins tender processes, Cayman Islands asked to pause digital ID bill
One Caribbean digital ID and card announced, another faces political opposition
 

The Turks and Caicos government will deploy the digital ID and National Identification Cards for residents by 2025, reports Magnetic Media. The announcement was made by deputy premier and finance minister Erwin Jay Saunders at a town hall meeting last week.

According to the politician, the project for the design of the national ID has already gone out to tender, and the budget for the consultation of that project has already been approved. An unnamed UK company is helping the government with the digital ID aspects of the project. The design tender closes on January 11.

The latter will also aim to connect all government services and establish a fully integrated and secure digital ID infrastructure. This part of the project will also see the expansion of fiber optic cable from Provo through the family islands.

Saunders also confirmed that the new digital ID and paper counterpart would be available to all Turks and Caicos residents, including individuals living in the country on a work permit.

Cayman Islands opposition calls for withdrawal of two bills

Meanwhile, in another British Overseas Territory, opposition leader Roy McTaggart has requested the Cayman Islands government to withdraw two bills, according to the Cayman Compass.

The Identification Register Bill 2022 and the Identification Card Bill aim to create, respectively, a digital identity register and a system to issue ID cards to improve the way residents interact with the government and businesses and reduce red tape.

The bills are scheduled for discussion in parliament next week, but McTaggart believes the public should have more time to give their feedback before the parliamentary session takes place. Cabinet approved both draft bills in November and opened them to public comment.

The upcoming national identification card and digital ID register project will cost roughly 8 million Cayman Islands Dollars (approximately US$9.6 million) and will be developed over the course of five years.

Article Topics

 |   |   |   |   | 

Latest Biometrics News

 

UK gov’t introduces new digital identity verification services bill

The UK government has announced a coming identity verification services bill that will support digital ID products and services from…

 

EES launch postponed to November, EU’s biometric border app may still not be ready

A smartphone app designed to streamline queues for the EU’s upcoming border checks will not be available in time for…

 

US government transitions Veteran’s Affairs, IRS to Login.gov or ID.me

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) says it will implement a more streamlined login process for veterans to access…

 

Data breach raises questions about Fractal ID’s decentralized identity architecture

A data breach at decentralized digital identity verification provider Fractal ID has exposed the ID documents and facial images of…

 

Physical IDs no longer mandatory in Azerbaijan, where 65% use digital identity

Physical and digital IDs have reached parity in Azerbaijan, where the government has announced that identity information provided through the…

 

Recfaces argues biometric data privacy rule carries Olympics security risk

RecFaces is calling for facial recognition technology (FRT) to be used as a key security measure to protect critical infrastructure…

Comments

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Most Read This Week

Featured Company

Biometrics Insight, Opinion

Digital ID In-Depth

Biometrics White Papers

Biometrics Events