Biometric National ID Cards Rising in Asia Pacific Countries!
Ekhlas Uddin Jewel
What is a “Biometric National ID Card?”
A biometric national identity card is a portable document, typically a plasticized card with digitally-embedded information such as full name, age, birth date, address, religion, citizenship status along with a unique number and biometric identity profile that someone is encouraged or required to carry as a means of confirming their identity. To identify illegal immigrants, illegal workers, and strengthen border security, many government entities are concentrating on issuing biometric national identity cards for all their citizens. Throughout the last couple of years biometric national identification card programs have launched in several Asia Pacific countries such as Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, India, and Brunei. In fact, over 100 countries have deployed biometric national identification card initiatives to modernize their national identification databases and include biometric identifiers that authenticate or confirm identity based on physical characteristics such as fingerprints, iris, face, palm prints, and DNA. Typically the reasons behind issuing these biometric national identification cards are: