1984: Philippines Enters Homes to Force All Residents Into National Tracking, Permission, Social Scoring, Biometric ID Database

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Wed Oct 14 10:38:32 PDT 2020


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The Philippines began Monday registering millions of citizens for its
national identification system, hoping to promote electronic payments
and make it easier for low-income earners without bank accounts to
access financial services. From a report: All Philippine citizens and
resident foreigners are required to register such information as name,
sex, date of birth, place of birth, blood type, address and
nationality. Biometric data -- fingerprints, facial photos and iris
scans -- also will be stored. The country's current system, in which
different agencies issue their own numbers, has been criticized as
inconvenient. The new system will grant each person a unique number
that can be used across agencies. The government hopes to make
financial services more accessible to low-income workers who lack bank
accounts as well as facilitate delivery of government services.
Officials from the Philippine statistics agency will visit homes to
collect the personal information, completing the process before
President Rodrigo Duterte's term ends in June 2022. The system is
scheduled to begin operation in the second half of 2021 for services
such as visa issuances. A survey found 73% public support for the new
ID system, suggesting that little concern exists over the collection
of personal information by the government. Karl Kendrick Chua, acting
secretary of the National Economic and Development Authority, said the
ID system will accelerate growth of the digital economy. He expressed
hope that the national system will spark widespread use of electronic
payments. Partnerships with the private sector also appear to be on
the table.


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