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UN Sustainable Development Goal 16.9 calls for legal identity for all by 2030. Read Biometric Update news and in-depth features about digital identity projects in developing countries.

 

Digital ID in Africa this week: biometrics for public sector pay, passport and driving license problems

The issue of removing ghost workers from public sector payrolls comes to the fore this week. In Nigeria university staff…

 

Blockchain and biometrics leveraged for digital birth certificate in Brazil

The birth of a baby in Brazil has been registered on a blockchain through a biometric process in what was…

 

Pakistan financial inclusion program partners with top banks for biometric payments

Pakistan’s Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) to reduce poverty has partnered with multinational bank Habib Bank Limited (HBL) and Bank…

 

Digital ID in Africa this week: Data protection in Togo, biometrics secure welfare payments in Zambia

Positive news for digital ID across Africa as Togo votes through legislation to protect personal data and how it is…

 

UNICEF releases guidelines for use of biometric technology on children

UNICEF has released two documents outlining guidelines for the secure, efficient, and transparent use of children’s biometrics. While biometric technology…

 

UNHCR using biometric iris scanning to register Syrian refugees coming into Iraq

United Nations’ refugee agency the UN High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) has been using biometric iris scans to register refugees,…

 

Digital rights groups call for moratorium on biometrics in digital ID systems

Digital rights organization Access Now has posted an open letter to its website, co-signed by numerous other organizations in the…

 

UN commission exec calls for African nations to focus on civil registration for development gains

The importance of civil registration systems to economic and social development in African nations was emphasized in a speech by…

 

Costa Rica plans to add facial recognition to national biometric identification system

Three years ago, Costa Rica announced it would issue citizens ePassports by 2020. Now the government has announced another plan…

 

Red Cross adopts new biometric data policy

Following a significant increase in the use of biometrics in different frameworks such as forensics, family link rebuilding or digital…

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