The Vice President for Liberian Organizations in
"Before adopting a policy that bears serious civil rights and privacy implications, it's important to have some assurance that it addresses actual needs, and that once implemented, it will work as intended," Momolu noted.
Momolu said currently in
A national identity card is a portable document, typically a plasticized card, with digitally-embedded information, that someone is required or encouraged to carry as a means of confirming his/her identity.
The Dutch schooled immigration personnel urged the Government of
This controversial plan, according to him, would include developing a national database of basic personal information which will keep track of all numbers within
"Through this program you will also be able to see individuals who are committing fraud or manipulating the system for their own personal gain. As the information gathered within the program becomes greater, so will the ability to keep track of everything. You will no longer wonder what is going on anywhere in any of the sectors because you can see the numbers and people easily, but also call upon information easily. If you need a printout of the amount of people living in
Momolu observed that many people in African countries fear that a national identity card would compromise an individual's right to privacy and lead to the misuse of governmental power. "You want security? Let's start by tracking convicted felons."
He said though the senses out lined here might be viewed as more European, but it's difficult to see how introducing a national ID, even one equipped with biometric identifiers and "smart" chip technology, would pose more than a nuisance to terrorists, particularly those who have yet to do anything to arouse suspicion.
He warned that nevertheless, whether a national ID system is built around a card with or without clever technology built in, it will inevitably lend itself to abuse.
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