Just last week it was announced that the council that advises the government about the implementation of an ‘ecosystem of digital monitoring’ (financed by USAID) now recommends that India connects its national database of biometric personal data directly with its tax applications.
The word is that India is ‘working on a biometric payment system which will be connected with the user’s unique identification number or Aadhaar’.
Well we don’t have to be clairvoyant to see where this is going: from a cashless society and a biometric identification network to a cashless biometric network. We already know about the cashless community, now it’s time to gather information about the biometric identification network.
Let’s not be naïve, this is a coordinated plan to install a world-wide biometric system of personal information with the objective to monitor every person on the planet. But considering how rapidly the new biometric databases are uploaded to the network it’s impossible for one person to monitor it all.
A list of biometric person information
Australia – Australia has been issuing biometric passports since 2005 and the Department for immigration and border protection (DIBP) has been running collection centers for visa issuing connected to the users’ biometric data for years now. Now Australia is the first country to set foot in the brave new world: DIBP is the first to implement a ‘self-processing system’ for passengers at the Australian airports, later this year, using biometric data instead of passports.
Canada – With NEXUS, a joint program between Canada and the USA, passenger identification is conducted via iris scans. In 2015 the Canadian government expanded its biometric examination, to include fingerprints and digital photographs for visitors from all 151 countries who need visas to enter Canada.
Greece – In accordance with a provision from Washington, the Greek government is prepared to issue new biometric passports this year. As it was announced, if they fail to issue the new passports in time Greeks could lose the privilege they currently enjoy, which is travelling to the USA without visas.
India –India has been collecting fingerprints and iris scans of its citizens for years now, with the purpose of building the largest biometric information database in the world. The plan to collect and save biometric data from all 1.2 billion citizens is moving rapidly, so far 1.1 billion people have been registered, including 99% of all Indians over the age of 18.
Iraq – In 2016 the Iraqi government has launched a national ID card system which uses biometric data. This system has been largely criticized because it legally allows minorities discrimination.
Israel – In 2009 the Israeli parliament has adopted a controversial biometric database law, to pave the way for implementation of a national biometric information database. In July last year it was announced that the ‘pilot program’ is finalized and that all Israeli citizens will have to register their biometric data with the government. In December it was announced that the mandatory implementation of the database is postponed and that fingerprints might not be needed anymore.
Japan – In 2007 the Japanese government started demanding fingerprints and digital photographs for all foreign passengers. Now the government is considering an implementation of a biometric payment system which will ‘allow’ tourists to ‘register their fingerprints in addition to other personal information and then deposit a certain amount of money to an account’ which they can then use for purchases in the country.
Ukraine – The law implemented by the Ukrainian government in 2012 demands all citizens, regardless of age, to get biometric passports.
United Kingdom – Under the government of Tony Blair and later Gordon Brown as well, Britain attempted to implement a national identification register and a personal information database, which would require an input of substantial amount of biometric information in the central database. However, the program incited a large wave of protests and the government eventually caved in and aborted the national register plan. Instead they just implemented a scheme of biometric IDs for foreign citizens.
USA – An executive order from president Trump about ‘terrorists’ entry calls upon the Department for Homeland security to ‘expedite the finalization and enforcement of the biometric system for monitoring of all entries and departures of passengers in the States’. The United States has been taking fingerprints from all of its foreign tourists except Canadians for 75 years now and storing them in a database.