Venezuelans Shudder at News of Biometric ID Deal with Chinese Tech Giant

Venezuelans Shudder at News of Biometric ID Deal with Chinese Tech Giant By Laura Vidal, Translated by Alexis Faber When Reuters revealed in November 2018 that the Venezuelan government had contracted with the Chinese company ZTE to develop a national biometric identification system, public reactions were mixed. The report stirred outrage both in Venezuela and internationally. But for those who have closely followed the Venezuelan government as it has tightened its grip on people’s data and communications, the report represented another chapter in what has become a very long story. The report…

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“Historic Judgment” As India’s Nationwide Biometric ID Database Ruled Constitutional

“Historic Judgment” As India’s Nationwide Biometric ID Database Ruled Constitutional By Nicholas West As the march toward a cashless (and privacy-less) society accelerates forward, a new high watermark has been reached. India first introduced its concept for a nationwide biometric ID database more than 7 years ago, which they touted as a necessary “social welfare” program to assist the millions of India’s unbanked, streamline welfare distribution and reduce corruption. At the time, Brandon Turbeville reported on the plan for Activist Post. Yet, although the justification for the billion person database…

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