April 18, 2012
Indonesians are being asked to adopt two identity cards, both of which will store their personal details in government-controlled databases, after the nation’s National Police Criminal Investigation Division announce a sign-up drive for the Indonesia Automatic Fingerprint Identification System (INAFIS).
Indonesians are already being forced to acquire an “E-ID” card that will use two biometrics – fingerprints and irises – to identify citizens. The E-ID project is aimed at ensuring all Indonesians – the country as a population of over 230 million – have a single identity document, a useful achievement as the nation’s citizens are demanding increased government services. Yet the card is controversial for reasons beyond civil liberties, as the project to implement it kicked off in early 2011 with a finish date of late 2012, but with a goal to deliver only 67 million cards. The gap between the nation’s population and the number of cards has been noted by local press as problematic.
The project has nonetheless proceeded reasonably well, but has run behind schedule.
Now the National Police Criminal Investigation Division wants citizens to adopt its INAFIS card.
This article was posted: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 3:09 am