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Mauritius: A petition of 70,000 signatures against the introduction of new biometric identity card issued to the Deputy Prime Minister

A dozen people including trade unionists of the confederation of the workers of the private sector (CTSP) and activists of the Lalit party have filed this morning, Friday, September 27, 2013, a petition of 70,000 signatures to the office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Rashid Beebeejaun, against the introduction in Mauritius of the new biometric identity card.
The CSTP, the Lalit party and 18 other organizations amount to the niche to oppose this project threatening term according to them the personal security of the Mauritian citizen, with too much confidential data included in the heart of the chip and which violates the freedom of Mauritians, as relates the newspaper L'Express of Mauritius.

"The new identity card may centralize private information such as fingerprints, blood type, medical past, sexual orientation... It is difficult to know what are the derivatives that may take place. But knowing that there are already lots of corruption, we can easily imagine that these data may be exposed to this corruption... Number of institutions and individuals will have access to this private database centralized", underline the signatories of the petition intending to carry out other actions, in Port-Louis, Rose-Hill, Curepipe and Quatre-Bornes, to be heard.

As a reminder, the new biometric identity card should gradually return to circulation from October 1 and be in possession of all Mauritian citizens in the run-up of September 2014.

It is designed in polycarbonate and custom data with laser etched graphics.

Are particular encrypted within the chip, vital, ID number, surname, first name, surname at birth, sex, date of birth, photo, fingerprints of the thumb and forefinger, address as well  a digital certificate.

Fabrice François

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