Jamaica considers new Identification system

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has said that the new national identification system (NIDS) to be facilitated under the National and Registration Bill, will only verify citizens’ identity in response to requests for information.

He said it will not share additional information with the person making the request, during the debate of the Bill in Parliament.

The prime minister explained that the staff of the new National and Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA), which will replace the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) will receive specialized training to ensure that they carry out their duties in keeping with the established security protocols and procedures.

Holness said the government is proposing stiff penalties for a breach of these protocols and procedures.

He noted that the establishment of the National Identification System will also allow for the generation of real-time statistical information for decision-making and planning.

Holness said that with the transformation of the RGD into the NIR, the agency will have responsibility for the functions of both civil registration (the functions currently performed by the RGD) and identity management, which is the task of the National Identification System.


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