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Biometrics and digital ID across Africa this week: registration for Nigeria SIMs, Zimbabwe public sector

After much criticism of Kenya’s Huduma Namba scheme, this week there is a call for further use of biometrics to…

 

Borders, data protection, standards and a deal among top biometrics and digital ID news this week

Borders and data protection are prominent themes among the most widely-read news items of the week on Biometric Update. Progress…

 

OSIA Advisory Committee sets priorities for open standard biometric systems development

The priorities agreed to at the first meeting of the SIA-launched OSIA Advisory Committee have been announced by the organization,…

 

Facial recognition datasets and controversies drive biometrics and digital ID news of the week

Facial recognition and controversy around the technology were the theme common to most of the past week’s top stories on…

 

Comparitech report shows 17 countries collecting biometric data for SIM card registration

With more than 5.1 billion global mobile phone users accounting for some 70 percent of the world’s population, a number…

 

Local investment and biometric privacy protection key BIO-key Africa strategy, executive says

BIO-key Africa is planning a country by country strategy, and anticipates adding two dedicated business development resources to cover its…

 

Standards for biometric surveillance being drafted for ITU by Chinese businesses

Technology companies based in China are working to shape United Nations’ standards for facial recognition, video monitoring, and surveillance of…

 

UNHCR to hire Interoperability Coordinator for biometric programs

Biometrics and digital identity play a key role in programs developed by the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR. In September the…

 

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…

 

Chinese biometric surveillance technology deployed internationally amid criticism

Authorities in Bolivia have deployed 600 cameras with facial recognition, to go along with 2,000 units already in service, as…

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