Biometric ID Rollout in Africa

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Police State, Politics | Posted on 18-10-2014

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While the ebola virus continues to devastate Western Africa, the rollout of biometric IDs is all but completely ignored in the media, but it could cause even greater devastation as the world marches towards a totalitarian surveillance police state.

Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, and Ghana all have cards, while others are either in the process or have some form of biometrics in another area, e.g. banking security.

The following blog post by the Securiport company puts biometrics into perspective regarding ebola from the view point of a biometrics company.

Securiport Remains Committed to Mitigating Health Risks and Economic Impact of Ebola Virus in West Africa

This article on India contains an Excel file with information about different countries and their usage of biometrics. Categories include medical use, government ID, online banking & finance, etc.

Let’s Make a Citizen Out of You: The Rise of Biometric Identification in India

The following blurbs start with the country name, possibly a few words about the context of the article, and then the article title linked to the original article. The titles are pretty much enough to tell what’s going on for most.

Ghana

World Bank Provides US$29.15m to Build Robust National Identification System

World Bank Provides Us$97 Million For Etransform Project

Guinea

Election registration.

Guinea-Bissau

Concern for Guinea-Bissau from countries attending a biometric ID conference for West Africa (ECOWAS).

West Africans to have common biometric ID card

Guinea Bissau Opts for Secure National ID Card to Combat Fraud

Ivory Coast

Immigration systems. (Sierra Leone, Senegal, Ivory Coast, and Equatorial Guinea)

The Role of Biometrics In Containing Ebola

Kenya

Biometric registration of Kenya’s public servants begins, absentees will be considered ‘ghosts’

Kenya: Civil Servants’ Biometric Registration Kicks Off in Tharaka Nithi County

Anne Waiguru: Biometric listing a win-win solution

Mauritania

MAURITANIA: A SINGLE INTEGRATED SYSTEM

Mauritius

Mauritius government to issue smart ID cards

Mali

THE NINA CARD: A TECHNOLOGICAL CHALLENGE, AN INDUSTRIAL SUCCESS

UN doing biometric scanning of people.

2014 UNHCR regional operations profile – North Africa

Malawi

Fingerprinting for microloans. No government ID.

Fingerprints for finance: Improving micro lending in Africa

Mozambique

Mozambique Driver License Program.

Mozambique Deal Expands African Adoption of Digimarc Secure ID Solutions

Namibia

Understanding Biometrics…Information Fusion For Multimodal Biometrics

Namibia: Enhanced Banking Solution By Namibian Biometric Systems

Namibia’s Biometric Systems’ Banking Solution

Nigeria

Launch of MasterCard-branded National e-ID for Nigerians and Implementation Issues

Nigeria launches new biometric ID card – brought to you by Mastercard

SecureID, Sterling Bank partner to drive financial inclusion in Nigeria

Compulsory.

Kano Inaugurates ID Card Project

Republic of the Congo

First Biometric ID Card Produced in the Republic of Congo

Rwanda

Registration for foreign residents.

DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF IMMIGRATION AND EMIGRATION HAS STARTED ISSUING ELECTRONIC RESIDENT ID CARD TO ALL FOREIGNERS RESIDING IN RWANDA

South Africa

South Africa: Biometric Smart ID Cards – Dumb Idea

Online fingerprint verification.

Banks now verify your identity online


That’s a decent list, but does not include biometric passports, which includes most countries in the world anyways and is completely uninteresting in comparison.

The main pushers are biometrics companies, financial institutions, banks, the IMF, United Nations, etc. You’ll see the usual suspects pop up again and again. If you read through many articles, you may have noticed that Dr Risco Mutelo came up repeatedly. Again, more industry shilling.

It seems like Africa is the testbed for biometric IDs for now. Expect the rollout elsewhere in the world shortly. Or rather, dread the rollout elsewhere.

Here’s an excellent comment on biometric identification:

Cheers,

Ryan

 

Ebola Security in Liberian Ports

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Health | Posted on 16-10-2014

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ebolaThe National Port Authority of Liberia is fighting hard against the ebola outbreak by requiring all people admitted to Liberian ports to wear long sleeves and long pants.

Really.

Public Service Announcement

Published on Sep 29, 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Management of the National Port Authority (NPA) is pleased to remind all Port Users, Investment Partners, Employees and the General Public in Particular, that anybody wearing sleeveless clothes will not be allowed access to its facilities.

The enforcement of these measures are in straight conformity to the full implementation of the preventive Ebola measures being observed throughout the premises of the four sea Ports of the Republic of Liberia.

You are therefore advised to take note and wear long pants/long sleeves shirts /blouses in compliance to this and all other measures required to grant you access to the ports.

The NPA management is firm on implementing all preventive measures to maintain absolute Zero tolerance to the Ebola Virus Disease at its facilities, and would not compromise the safety of the entire port and its surrounding to the killer disease.

Restrictions on visitation at the ports are also being observed and only those having important business engagements or official arrangements will be allowed access to the ports after he or she must have gone through the routine preventive procedures that have been put in place by the NPA Management.

Thanks for your usual understanding and cooperation as we endeavor to win the war against the deadly Ebola Virus in Liberia.

Signed
Malcolm W. Scott
Public Relations Manager/ NPA

Approved
Management/NPA-Liberia

It sounds like a few people were showing up in shorts & t-shirts.

Meanwhile, healthcare workers in full protective gear are still contracting ebola.

Um, good luck with the long sleeves and pants?

But to be fair, measures also include washing your hands.

Key amongst the NPA’s anti Ebola measures include: Compulsory temperature check at all entry points to the Port facilities; issuance of none Shore Passes, regular hand washing, reduction in the workforce and the establishment of a temporary Care Center at the Freeport of Monrovia.

A CDC delegation reportedly called the measures at Liberian ports “extreme preventative measures.”

Speaking during a visit at the Freeport of Monrovia Wednesday, the CDC delegation said the procedures being implemented by the NPA Management against the Ebola Virus are “ Extreme Preventive Measures” that are also in line with rigorous approaches in containing the disease.

But they’re also doing body temperature monitoring (has a comprehensive list of preventative measures):

•  Everybody including employees/contractors/casual workers entering the Port premises will be subjected to body temperature monitoring and or digital temperature testing;

Cleaning staff are also using gloves, surgical masks, and chlorine-based cleaners.

They are taking matters quite seriously though. Anyone showing symptoms of ebola is being treated as a probable case.

• Everyone coming in contact with a stevedore showing  symptoms of Ebola will be considered probable cases and treated as such;

So, while wearing long sleeves may seem like a band-aid on cancer, there are many other measures, including an emergency response team, and they are certainly trying very hard.

The NPA has also set up free storage for supplies to fight ebola donated by the Chinese government in August.

I started off with an alarmist joke about long sleeves in part to help draw attention and make a point: the seaports have largely been ignored in the news as airports are sexier (and faster), but these are critical points from which ebola can spread. Any sailing of less than 21 days should be suspect.