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Maputo — The Mozambican immigration authorities have rejected the first biometric passports produced by the Belgian company, Semlex, reports Monday’s issue of the Maputo daily “Noticias”.

The initial forecast was that biometric passports could be issued as from Monday to Mozambican citizens – but the quality of the first passports produced by Semlex was so poor that the government has demanded improvements.

The deputy national director of immigration, Leonardo Boby, told “Noticias” that the passports produced by Semlex contained serious defects which had to be corrected before they could go into mass production.

There were spelling mistakes, Boby said, and the model used by Semlex did not provide enough space to write the names of Mozambican passport holders. Semlex had not bothered to familiarize itself with Mozambican names, and seemed not to realize that many citizens have names containing four or more words.

To take just the most well-known example, the full name of the leader of the Mozambican opposition is “Afonso Marcacho Marceta Dhlakama” – which is too long to fit in the space allocated by Semlex. According to Boby just three words will fit in the space.

In some cases, the names would run onto the space provided for the passport photograph, which is not acceptable.

On a passport, no name should be abbreviated, and so Semlex has been told to redesign the passport so that even citizens who use six or seven words in their names can fit them all in.

Boby added that the Semlex passports contained insufficient security features, and the company had bungled the images of Mozambican wildlife used.

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c/o No2ID /UK

Anti-filesharing measures in the Digital Economy Bill currently before Parliament open a back door into your and your family’s personal lives that *will* be exploited by the database state.

Last year’s public outcry against a Communications Data Database -intended to store details of your phone calls, e-mails and internet browsing – forced the last Home Secretary to disavow plans for a giant surveillance database and to drop the proposed legislation. But things didn’t end there.

The Data Retention (EC Directive) Regulations 2009 were still passed, requiring internet service providers (ISPs) and telecoms providers to retain communications data on all fixed and mobile phone, e-mail and internet usage for 12 months. Because this is linked to the details of the person subscribed to the service, the retained data, wherever it isheld, forms a digital dossier on YOU… and your family.

Even national security is no excuse for blanket surveillance of everyone’s communications, but the Digital Economy Bill would now make allegations of copyright infringement sufficient grounds for ‘fishing expeditions’ (speculative searches) in the data retained by ISPs – thereby ensuring the technology must be in place to enable mass surveillance by other agencies and organisations.

With a new unit set up at the Home Office just last month to push forward the £2 billion ‘Interception Modernisation Programme’ (IMP), it isn’t hard to imagine who else’ll be snooping too.

Open Rights Group (http://www.openrightsgroup.org) and others continue to campaign against measures in the Digital Economy Bill. They have various objections – but as NO2ID we have to be concerned about any pretext for mass surveillance without any form of warrant or oversight.

Interception of communications was historically so sensitive that it was made into a power exercised only on the approval of the Home Secretary that cannot be even mentioned in court. We fail to see why recording all your communications (and providing technical means for them to be arbitrarily investigated) is any different to opening your letters orsecretly breaking into your home.

Please do write to your MP (http://www.writetothem.com/) in your own words, expressing your concerns.

IN OTHER NEWS:

Data Sharing escalates UK for e-government and UN status, accolades

The UK has the dubious accolade of jumping several places in the United Nations’ 2010 e-Government Development Index, from tenth place in 2008 to fourth place in 2010. This puts the UK “ahead” of all other European countries, and behind South Korea, the United States, and Canada. Much of the e-government agenda is about smoothing the way for wholesale data sharing. A UN overview of the report states that: “The public trust that is gained through transparency can be further enhanced through the free sharing of government data based on open standards.” Not a view that many privacy conscious UK citizens share.

The full report will be online soon at
http://www2.unpan.org/egovkb/global_reports/10report.htm

OCTOBER 01, 2009 — STAMFORD, Conn., BUSINESS WIRE —
L-1 Identity Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: ID), a leading provider of identity solutions and services, received a new $6.2 million task order for HIIDE mobile biometric recognition devices to be deployed in areas of conflict as part of an existing customer agreement. Approximately half of the order is expected to ship in the fourth quarter with the remaining units expected to ship in the first half of 2010. The order was received by the Biometrics Division of L-1.

HIIDE is the world’s first ruggedized tri-modal mobile biometric enrollment and recognition device providing real-time identification using iris, finger and face biometrics. First introduced in 2005, it is the most pervasive device of its kind with over 10,000 devices fielded into areas of global conflict. It is also the most widely deployed multi-modal device with defense agencies.

LATE NIGHT SNACK

The Corbett Report featured this Australian anti-chipping activist Greg Nikkolettos, of We The People Will Not Be Chipped.

Enjoy this radio interview.

The run on global identity continues
The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative was just about proving you were a citizen, not that you had to do it by any specific kind of technology. We are close to the point now that if you don’t want RFID in any of your documents that you can’t leave the country or get back into it.” –Michigan State Representative Paul Opsommer 

From Global Research of Canada

Enhanced driver’s licenses have built-in radio chips providing an identifying number or information that can be accessed by a remote reading unit while the license is inside a wallet or purse. The technology already had been implemented in Washington State, where it is promoted as an alternative to a passport for traveling to Canada . So far, the program is optional. But there are other agreements already approved with Michigan, Vermont, New York and Arizona, and plans are under way in other states, including Texas [who passed state transportation code for both RFID & biometrics in 2007].

Many countries besides the Security and Prosperity Partnership [United States, Mexico, Canada] members have jumped on the RFID bandwagon, which has become a multibillion dollar global enterprise.

[On June 1st, 2009, the first day of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) full implementation, Border Trade Alliance (BTA), is asking U.S. and Canadian citizens to use Twitter to post their cross-border travel experiences with WHTI to collect feedback on the program at land ports throughout North America.]

On July 15, 2009, the Indian government announced that India is going to issue biometric ID cards to its 1.2 billion citizens. The Government in Delhi recently created the Unique Identification Authority, a new state department charged with the task of assigning every living Indian an exclusive number. It will also be responsible for gathering and electronically storing their personal details, at a predicted cost of at least £3 billion.

On July 28, 2009, President Felipe Calderon proclaimed that Mexico will start issuing nationwide identity cards for its citizens starting this year and by 2012 everyone will have one.

Compulsory national identity cards are used in about 100 countries including Germany, France, Belgium, Greece, Luxembourg, Portugal and Spain.

German police can detain people who are not carrying their ID card for up to 24 hours.

South Korean, Brazilian, Italian and Malaysian ID cards contain fingerprints. Cards in some countries contain information on any distinguishing marks of the holder. In the European Union some cards can be used instead of a passport for European travel. ID cards are not used yet in the US , Canada , New Zealand , Australia , the Irish Republic , and the Nordic countries. :::MORE HERE:::