Jamaica fast-tracks national ID system to help distribute aid and benefits


The Jamaican Government intends to fast-track creating and implementing a national ID system and give every Jamaican citizen a unique identifier in order to help it distribute aid and benefits needed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The government intends the system to be similar to others such as India's Aadhaar and incorporate biometric scans of either fingerprint or retina. It believes the system could also help formalise some professions such as taxi drivers and bartenders that are less integrated into the economy. 

Source: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/gov-t-vows-to-push-national-id-system_190837-2?profile=1373

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