Smart IDs coming by end of June
The Department of Registration of Persons has taken steps to issue smart Identity Cards by the end of June replacing the ordinary identity card, as a prelude to the issuance of Electronic Identity Cards, Registration of Persons Department Commissioner General P. Viyani Gunathilake said yesterday.
He said the old laminated Identity Cards which were used since 1972 would be replaced with the smart IDs.
“The NICs used today have been changed at several occasions according to the requirements and special needs of the country,” Mr. Gunathilake.
Therefore, the department is planning to collect personal data of persons as a family unit and establish a national registry and a central database with bio data of all persons above 15 years, their biometrics and photographs obtained according to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards, he said.
Mr. Gunathilake said, obtaining biometrics and photographs of persons would be completed by the end of June.
As the second stage, the department is hoping to register each and every individual in the country in the database register.
“For that the department is seeking the relevant legal authentications and later as the third step the Electronic National Identity card would be issued,” he said.
The new Electronic ID, comprising security features against tampering, counterfeiting and forgery, will include the person’s photograph, bio data, fingerprints and also the blood group. It will also conform to relevant international standards, such as those set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
(Source: Daily Mirror – By Chaturanga Pradeep)
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This Smart ID is an invasion into the individual’s privacy. It will include personal details of all citizens which can be hacked into, by the Chinese (who are about to be living as co-citizens in Hambantota when the Harbour is sold to them) or by the Russians to manipulate elections which will lead to persons like Trump ascending the throne.
Will the laminated cards carry the logo of the Political Party which you belong? This card is a terrible invasion into privacy and must be stopped before it blooms.
I am also concerned about this card. The news item says it will include personal data.
Will p*nis sizes be recorded in the card?