PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST IN DIGITAL ID SYSTEMS
Digital identification systems are more dangerous than you think. They can undermine people’s privacy, increase surveillance, and push the most vulnerable among us further to the margins. We challenge those promoting these systems to first consider alternative solutions and, when a digital ID system is appropriate, to center human rights in its design and implementation.
An open letter to the leaders of international development banks, the United Nations, international aid organisations, funding agencies, and national governments
Access Now and partners urge the World Bank to immediately stop activities that promote harmful models of digital ID systems.
Big ID programs threaten our human rights yet are spreading like wildfire around the world. To buck the trend, we need to debunk the myths that propel digital ID systems forward.
Civil society organizations are calling on the Kenyan parliament to immediately scrap the unconstitutional Huduma Bill 2021.
Authorities in Tunisia have been deliberating over a biometric ID law that bears threats to the right to privacy & other fundamental rights.
Iris scanning of refugees is disproportionate and dangerous — What’s happening behind IrisGuard’s closed doors?
Refugees should not be required to hand over personal biometric data in exchange for basic needs such as purchasing food. However, iris scan tech is reportedly being used by the World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR) in Jordan.
Digital Identity Systems
Lawmakers pushed through the Jamaica NIDS digital ID program without taking enough time to listen to civil society concerns. Here’s what other countries can learn from the flawed process.
As the global COVID-19 vaccine rollout gains momentum, governments are clamoring to implement measures to help the world return to pre-virus normality. This includes exploring digital vaccine certificates — or COVID-19 vaccine “passports”. Current proposals, however, threaten human rights.
What are digital identification systems?
Digital identification or “digital ID” systems are those that use digital technology to establish the identity of an individual. More often than not, they refer to systems that aim to establish the legal identity of a person through processes of data capture, validation, storage, transfer, verification, authentication, and management. This can include different aspects of a person’s legal identity as it pertains to their relationships with authorities, or only a specific aspect of it, such as voting or travel.
Why do they matter?
The deployment of digital identification systems, by their very nature, affects every aspect of human life, including the rights to education, healthcare, work, freedom of movement, and autonomy. The heightened risk of surveillance that digital identification systems entail is rapidly undermining people’s privacy all over the world, and as a consequence, pushing the most vulnerable among us further to the margins of society, deepening existing inequalities, and further harming human rights. Access Now challenges those advancing these systems to first consider alternative solutions and, where ID systems are appropriate, to center human rights in their design and implementation.
Private tech, humanitarian problems: how to ensure digital transformation does no harm
Our new report, Mapping Humanitarian Tech: exposing protection gaps in digital transformation programmes, examines how humanitarian-tech partnerships impact people and communities at risk.
#MigrarSinVigilancia es un frente común para resguardar los derechos humanos de las personas migrantes desde la protección de sus datos personales.
The digital identity toolkit
Developed by Access Now, this toolkit helps build the lexicon and framework around digital ID issues to facilitate a human rights approach.
Past learnings must be ‘at the heart of implementing’ a digital identity system in Kenya
Tunisia’s digitization programs threaten the privacy of millions
Tunisia’s recent digitization programs could pave way for mass surveillance, identity theft, data exploitation, and more. Here’s why.
Privacy first: Ugandan court hears civil society’s human rights warnings on digital identity system
The High Court or Uganda has ruled to allow expert intervention from Access Now and partners on the human rights red flags around the country’s digital ID system.
Pronunciamiento conjunto: México, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador y Estados Unidos deben terminar sus acuerdos para el intercambio transfronterizo de datos biométricos de personas migrantes
México, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador y Estados Unidos deben terminar acuerdos para el intercambio de biométricos de personas migrantes.