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‘You cannot trust a vendor’: understanding biometrics in the humanitarian sector

Biometrics were the theme of the month for September in the ICRC’s Digital Dilemmas series of talks and debates on aspects…

 

Pakistan steps up biometric registration of Afghan refugees, Taliban permits existing ID

Pakistan has updated the details of 500,000 or more than a third of the registered Afghan refugees living in the…

 

Concerns over Taliban accessing aid agency biometric data

People in Afghanistan are fearful of the Taliban accessing personal information captured and stored by aid agencies including biometric data…

 

Biometric verification allows ‘dignified’ distribution of 6.4M meals to Rohingya refugees

The Bangladesh part of the ‘100 Million Meals’ campaign has been completed, allowing 36,000 refugees to purchase food from camp…

 

UNHCR shared Rohingya biometric data ‘without consent’

The UNHCR improperly gathered personal information and biometrics from ethnic Rohingya refugees and shared it with Bangladesh, which subsequently shared…

 

UN ‘should follow EC’ in starting to regulate biometrics, artificial intelligence

The United Nations should follow the European Commission in establishing a regulatory framework for artificial intelligence and biometrics to protect…

 

1.4M Afghan refugees in Pakistan to receive new biometric ID cards

Pakistan’s National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has begun issuing biometric identity smartcards to the 1.4 million Afghan refugees already…

 

Are refugee responses enabling the future of digital ID and currencies?

Technology to issue refugees with an ID could form the basis of new digital identity systems for everyone, but this…

 

Report weights transparency and privacy of biometrics for Yemen humanitarian aid

The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is in a critical state, and further deteriorating says PRIO in a new Policy Brief….

 

Efficiency gains from biometrics could help cover humanitarian funding gaps: UN report

The global humanitarian response landscape has changed drastically over recent years; new and emerging technologies such as biometrics and digital…

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