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.
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.
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.
Concern for Guinea-Bissau from countries attending a biometric ID conference for West Africa (ECOWAS).
Immigration systems. (Sierra Leone, Senegal, Ivory Coast, and Equatorial Guinea)
UN doing biometric scanning of people.
Fingerprinting for microloans. No government ID.
Mozambique Driver License Program.
Republic of the Congo
Registration for foreign residents.
Online fingerprint verification.
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: