Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Bdos: Smart ID cards a-comin'

Adult Barbadians are about to be fingerprinted – that is, if they want the benefit of a soon-to-be-introduced new Barbados identification card.

And in their pockets they will carry some of the most critical medical data, as well as vital security information that will speed up interaction with some of the most important Government agencies, including Immigration, police and National Insurance.

It’s all part of a move by Government, led by the Electoral and Boundaries Commission, to introduce a tamper-proof national card that, if stolen, would be of little use to anyone but the genuine owner for critical transactions.
Earlier this year, local authorities uncovered a racket in Antigua in which altered Barbados ID cards were being issued to people living in that country and Guyana who were trying to enter the United States illegally. The existing Barbados ID card is said to be one of the easiest to tamper with anywhere.
No wonder Guyanese smuggled into T&T used to go on to Barbados before using false documents to enter the U.S.!


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