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Digital IDs ‘a big risk’


Digital IDs ‘a big risk’
Gus Hosein (Internet image)

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DIGITAL IDENTIFICATION SYSTEMS can be extremely risky and if governments are not careful, they can compromise their country’s security.

Executive director of Privacy International (PI) Gus Hosein gave that caution yesterday while stressing that implementing digital IDs systems required the release of sensitive information to private companies whose systems could fail.

During the second instalment of the Media Institute of the Caribbean’s Media and the Law training virtual workshop, Hosein was asked his views on Government’s plan to roll out digital IDs.

“To me, two fundamental problems with IDs is that IDs are designed to exclude people. So the moment a government starts to talk about IDs, you should be asking who are they trying to exclude.” (TG)


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