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DHS and UNHCR are Sharing Biometric Data of Refugees

DHS and UNHCR are Sharing Biometric Data of Refugees

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been discreetly gathering the biometric information of tens of thousands of refugees, many of whom may never make it to America. According to a recent Privacy Impact Assessment, the information is being collected through a sharing arrangement with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which…

Government Biometrics Dominates This Week’s Top Stories Roundup

Government Biometrics Dominates This Week’s Top Stories Roundup

Government biometrics appears to be the theme of the week in FindBiometrics’ latest roundup of top stories. More specifically, three of this week’s top five concern government agencies’ use of biometric technology to identify individuals in their charge. Perhaps the biggest story of these concerned a new draft Request for Quote from the US Customs…

Biometric IDs Issued to Half a Million Rohingya Refugees: UNHCR

Biometric IDs Issued to Half a Million Rohingya Refugees: UNHCR

Over half a million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh have now received biometric identity documents, the United Nations’ refugee agency has announced. Speaking at a press conference at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic called the biometric identity cards “fraud-proof”, and explained that they have been jointly issued by UNHCR and Bangladeshi…

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…

UNHCR Says Biometric Registration is Integral to Refugee Relief Plans

UNHCR Says Biometric Registration is Integral to Refugee Relief Plans

“The organization specifically highlighted the expansion of its Population Registration and Identity Management EcoSystem (PRIMES), an identity management tool that has now been deployed in 58 countries to register 10.5 million individuals.” The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has released a progress report on its Global Strategic Priorities (GSP) for 2018 and 2019, offering an…

UNHCR Celebrates Biometric Registration of Over a Quarter of Bangladesh’s Rohingya Refugees

UNHCR Celebrates Biometric Registration of Over a Quarter of Bangladesh’s Rohingya Refugees

“And as the UNHCR has previously outlined, the biometric ID cards themselves can help refugees to access critical services, and can be used for resettlement and potential repatriation.” Well over a quarter million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh have now been registered for biometric ID cards, the United Nations’ refugee agency has announced. It’s the latest…

UNHCR’s Biometric IDs Help Protect Refugees from Itself

UNHCR’s Biometric IDs Help Protect Refugees from Itself

The United Nations’ refugee agency has been vocal about the benefits of biometric identification for those in its charge for years, but recently the organization invoked this technology in its own defense. The UNHCR was responding to an extensive investigative report from NBC alleging widespread corruption at the refugee agency. Usually this involves bribery in…

UNHCR Highlights Benefits of Biometric ID in Latest Rohingya Update

UNHCR Highlights Benefits of Biometric ID in Latest Rohingya Update

Officials with the United Nations refugee agency continue to promote the benefits of biometric registration as they call for continuing attention to Bangladesh’s Rohingya muslim refugees. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar since genocidal attacks against their people began in 2017, making them one of the world’s biggest refugee populations.…

UNHCR Official Calls Biometric IDs ‘a Big Milestone’ in Refugee Aid

UNHCR Official Calls Biometric IDs ‘a Big Milestone’ in Refugee Aid

After a high-level tour of refugee centers in Bangladesh, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is more convinced than ever of the importance of biometric IDs for helping displaced people. The visit was conducted by Volker Türk, the Assistant High Commissioner for Protection at the United Nations’ refugee agency, who visited Bangladesh to assess…

Distilled Identity and Emerge Unveil New Refugee Identity Technology

Distilled Identity and Emerge Unveil New Refugee Identity Technology

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has repeatedly called for the adoption of biometric platforms that make it easier to manage refugee populations. Now, Distilled Identity and Emerge have forged a partnership to fulfill that request. The two companies have announced Homeward, a new platform that uses biometric data to create a self-sovereign…

Nigerian Gov’t Looks to Biometrics to Help Flooding Victims

Nigerian Gov’t Looks to Biometrics to Help Flooding Victims

“Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency is deploying automated biometric identification systems to camps housing the displaced individuals, with officials currently training government staff.” With heavy rains having caused serious flooding across rural areas in Nigeria earlier this year, the country’s government is looking to biometric technology to help identify displaced persons. According to a government…

WISeKey Announces Blockchain-Based Mobile Identity Platform

WISeKey Announces Blockchain-Based Mobile Identity Platform

“…WISeKey emphasized its compliance with the United Nations’ ID2020 program, an initiative aimed at extending official identity systems to everyone in the world, with an estimated 1.3 billion people currently thought to be undocumented, a status that can seriously hinder the ability to access vital government services.” Geneva-based WISeKey has announced a new “Universal Decentralized…

Canadian Homeless Shelter to Implement Face Scanning for Visitors

Canadian Homeless Shelter to Implement Face Scanning for Visitors

The Calgary Drop-In Centre, or “DI”, is poised to become the first homeless shelter in Canada to introduce facial recognition technology to identify the people it serves. In announcing its plans to implement the system on its blog, the DI framed the effort as one that can help it to improve its service, allowing it…

Biometric IDs Help UN Agency Press Case for Refugee Aid

Biometric IDs Help UN Agency Press Case for Refugee Aid

The UNHCR’s use of biometric identification for refugees is helping the organization to make the case for additional funding for displaced Syrians. The United Nations’ refugee agency is pressing the case for funding ahead of a deadline this month that will see cash assistance for Syrian refugees run out. Some 5.6 million people have been…

New Law and Biometric ID Cards Help Refugees Rebuild in Ecuador

New Law and Biometric ID Cards Help Refugees Rebuild in Ecuador

Biometric ID cards and new legislation are now helping refugees in Ecuador to rebuild their lives. The legislation has provided the catalyst: Essentially, it grants residents of Ecuador in possession of refugee cards the same rights as the country’s national ID cards. That means refugees who present their IDs when applying for a job or…

In Uganda, UNHCR Launches Biggest Biometric Refugee Project Yet

In Uganda, UNHCR Launches Biggest Biometric Refugee Project Yet

Uganda has become the latest country to launch a biometric refugee identification program in collaboration with the UNHCR, the United Nations’ refugee agency. With additional assistance from the World Food Programme, government authorities will use fingerprint readers and iris scanners to scan the country’s 1.4 million refugees, many of whom have recently arrived from the…

UN Agency Uses Biometrics to Assist Cameroonian Refugees in Nigeria

UN Agency Uses Biometrics to Assist Cameroonian Refugees in Nigeria

The UN’s refugee agency will continue to register the biometrics of Cameroonian refugees in Nigeria, the organization says. In an update concerning a recent visit of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees representative Antonio Jose Canhandula to border regions in Nigeria, the organization says that Canhandula spoke with local authorities to determine how Cameroonian refugees…

Catholic Sect Refuses Biometric Registration in DRC

Catholic Sect Refuses Biometric Registration in DRC

While the United Nations and partner nations are increasingly recognizing the advantages of biometric registration for refugees, a group of displaced people in the Democratic Republic of Congo are refusing to comply with such efforts in a region on the border with Burundi. As The Citizen reports, the group, which numbers a little over 2,000,…

UN, Ethiopian Agencies Leverage Biometrics to Help Refugees

UN, Ethiopian Agencies Leverage Biometrics to Help Refugees

A new biometric registration system for refugees is rolling out across Ethiopia. The Biometric Identity Management System is the product of a partnership between the UNHCR – the United Nations’ refugee agency – and Ethiopia’s Refugee and Returnee Affairs department. It collects the fingerprint and iris data of all registrants, as well as biographic information…

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