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UNHCR Seeks Help as Biometrics-driven ID Efforts Ramp Up

UNHCR Seeks Help as Biometrics-driven ID Efforts Ramp Up

“The UNHCR has proven to be an enthusiastic proponent of biometric identification in recent years, deploying such technologies in major refugee camps and highlighting its utility in providing displaced individuals with a reliable form of official documentation.” The United Nations’ refugee agency (UNHCR) is looking for some expert assistance in its efforts to establish digital…

NEC and Nagasaki University Trial Program Collects More Accurate Infant Fingerprints

NEC has concluded a trial program of fingerprint identification technology for newborn children in Kenya. The program was carried out in conjunction with Nagasaki University as part of the Nagasaki University Institute of Tropical Medicine-Kenya Medical Research Institute Project. Through the program, researchers were able to collect the fingerprints of newborn children less than 24…

ID4Africa: We’re Bringing You Live Biometrics News Coverage Straight From Johannesburg

ID4Africa: We’re Bringing You Live Biometrics News Coverage Straight From Johannesburg

FindBiometrics will be reporting live from ID4Africa next week, delivering breaking news and live audio interviews to keep our global readership informed about what’s happening in one of the world’s most exciting identity markets. Over the past few years, ID4Africa has emerged as one of the identity industry’s most important events. The conference isn’t simply…

Integrated Biometrics Management Consultant Participates in UN Women’s Day Panel

Integrated Biometrics Management Consultant Participates in UN Women’s Day Panel

“Mobile biometrics can be the first step in unlocking opportunities for the previously unidentified in terms of financial services, healthcare, personal safety, and social programs.” – On Tim Tang, Management Consultant, Integrated Biometrics Integrated Biometrics management consultant On Tim Tang was invited to speak to the United Nations last week in celebration of International Women’s…

UN Biometrics Intel Guide Workshops May Present Opportunities for Vendors

UN Biometrics Intel Guide Workshops May Present Opportunities for Vendors

With the “United Nations Compendium of Recommended Practices for the Responsible Use and Sharing of Biometrics in Counter-Terrorism” now officially published, the Biometrics Institute is preparing to spread the word. The organization helped to author the guide in collaboration with the UN’s Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), with the aim of offering general guidelines to…

Somali Gov’t Seeks Support for Biometric ID Program

Somali Gov’t Seeks Support for Biometric ID Program

The Somali government is aiming to build a biometric national ID program, and is looking to Pakistan and the World Bank for help. Dubbed the Somali National Identity Program, it’s actually envisioned as a program similar to Aadhaar, the biometric national ID program used by Pakistan’s arch-rival India. The program would enable citizens to access…

UN Launches Best Practices Guide for Biometrics in Counter-Terrorism

UN Launches Best Practices Guide for Biometrics in Counter-Terrorism

“It’s meant to help UN members cooperate with each other and police organizations like Interpol, which has been calling for the increased sharing of biometric intelligence – and recently raised alarm among civil rights advocates with its own voice identification system designed to trawl criminal databases and social media accounts.” The United Nations is taking…

Nigerian Officials Registering Foreigners’ Biometrics

Nigerian Officials Registering Foreigners’ Biometrics

“The collection of biometric data is a common practice for government authorities in Nigeria…” Nigeria’s federal government is using biometrics to monitor foreigners in the country. As AllAfrica reports, the revelation came by way of Minister of Interior Lt. Gen. AbdulRahman Danbazau at a panel discussion held during the opening of the International Press Institute…

UN Official Lauds Benefits of Biometrics in Fight Against Statelessness

UN Official Lauds Benefits of Biometrics in Fight Against Statelessness

Biometric identification is helping to combat statelessness in Africa, with a United Nations official lauding such efforts in a recent speech. Speaking at the Regional Ministerial-level Meeting on Statelessness in West Africa, the UNHCR Regional Representative for West Africa and Regional Refugee Coordinator for Nigeria Situation, Liz Kpam Ahua, asserted that over a million people…

UN Refugee Agency Brings Biometric IDs to South Sudan

UN Refugee Agency Brings Biometric IDs to South Sudan

The United Nations’ refugee agency continues to roll outs its new biometric identity cards with a new deployment in South Soudan. In collaboration with the South Soudan Commission for Refugee Affairs (CRA), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has distributed 3400 such cards to refugees in the Western Equatoria state in July alone. The…