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Digital ID in Africa this week: fresh calls for biometric voting in Zimbabwe, self-reliance in Nigeria and a possible UN biometric anti-terrorism platform

Biometrics news span issues of self-reliance, politics and counter-terrorism across Africa this week. Nigeria and Ghana continue to make progress…

 

Privacy International calls for new UN guidelines for biometrics in counter-terrorism

Privacy International is calling for new guidelines on biometrics from the UN to protect human rights in a new briefing…

 

IOM and WFP share biometric data to improve efficiency of aid in South Sudan

An exchange of biometric information between the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)…

 

UNHCR reaches 7.2M biometric records but critics express concern

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has reported major gains in biometric registration in 2018, reaching 60 operations…

 

WFP about to halt food aid to Houthi-controlled areas over biometric distribution refusal

Food aid distribution in Yemen by the World Food Programme(WFP) is likely to end this week, Executive Director David Beasley…

 

UN panel praises financial inclusion gains from India’s biometric digital ID system

A United Nations high-level panel on digital cooperation has lauded India’s financial inclusion efforts, including its Aadhaar national biometric system…

 

UNECA Africa report: digital ID to unlock growth, increase tax base

Bringing in digital ID across Africa and registering the continent’s 500 million undocumented citizens would bring about significant benefits to…

 

Yemen rebel leaders say data control issues caused biometric dispute with World Food Programme

Houthi leaders in Yemen asked the World Food Programme (WFP) to stop biometric registrations after realizing the process bypasses the…

 

Some Yemeni rebel leaders block biometric registration, WFP weighs suspension of aid

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) may be forced to abandon its aid delivery in areas of Yemen controlled…

 

Reports weigh potential positive and negative social impacts of digital ID

Digital identity systems backed by biometrics are proving powerful means for bringing social assistance to millions across the world, but…

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