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2011-01-23 08:20:00

Mexico will become the first country to using start iris scans for identity cards on Monday. "The legal, technical and financial conditions are ready to start the process of issuing this identity document," Felipe Zamora, responsible for legal affairs at the Mexican Interior Ministry, told journalists Thursday. Zamora said that the documents will be 99 percent reliable.  They will include an eye's image as well as fingerprints, a photo and signature. Critics like the National Human...

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2008-09-26 13:15:00

In the midst of heavy criticism, Britain launched a new biometric identity card on Thursday.Government officials claim the card is a crucial tool in the fight against illegal immigration and terrorism. Critics of the program call the card a waste of money and a breach of civil liberties. The new program marks the first use of ID cards since the end of World War Two. Initially only foreign nationals from outside the European Economic Area will be required to have one if they come to Britain to...

2006-04-26 02:39:07

By Michelle Nichols CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister John Howard unveiled plans on Wednesday to introduce a national health and welfare access card after the government decided against creating a compulsory full-scale identity card. Howard said the card would replace 17 existing cards and save the government at least A$3 billion ($2.2 billion) annually, as well as reducing fraud by incorporating security features including a biometric photograph. It will not carry...

2005-07-14 22:45:39

By Michael Perry SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia should consider introducing a national identity card in the wake of the London bombings and the rise in global terrorism, Prime Minister John Howard said on Friday. Australia last debated a national ID card, called the Australia Card, in 1987. Howard, then in opposition, opposed the card, but now says times have changed. "This is an issue that ought to be back on the table...in the wake of something like the terrible tragedy in London," Howard...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'