Identity Week London 2020 - Day 2 @ 11:05
PNG national identity and lessons learned
Governments globally are increasingly proposing or implementing national digital identity programmes. Many such programmes entail a push to collect, store, and use the biometrics of individuals as the primary means of establishing and authenticating their identity. In some cases, these programmes either contemplate or create a centralised database of this highly sensitive, yet unchangeable, information. This is incredibly risky. However, critics have responded by noting that national digital identity schemes may not in fact ensure more effective distribution of benefits, better service delivery, or improved governance, and at the same time, they raise serious concerns, including concerns about how such programmes are designed or governed; the potential for social exclusion; privacy and data protection; and cybersecurity.Biometric linked-national ID programmes can bring benefits such as more accurate and efficient delivery of Government services.As this presentation will explain, proponents of biometrics linked-national ID programmes argue that they bring benefits such as more accurate and efficient delivery of government services, anti-poverty regimes, and welfare schemes; that they can reduce corruption or increase inclusion; or can help serve national security interests.