Jamaica begins roll out of national identification system

Kingston, Jamaica

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The Prime Minister of Jamaica has announced that the country has initiated a pilot for a national identification system (NIDS), new reports say.

As outline in the Jamaica Observer, Prime Minister Andrew Holness said the Jamaican Government has set out a framework to protect the data collection of NIDS, with laws for data breaches.

“We have gone over and beyond what is required to ensure you have one of the safest, most secure systems in the world that is protecting your data and ensuring that the system is robust and your privacy is protected and that it delivers the functionality that is required,” Holness said.

“We have to put in place systems and we literally have to operate on a zero-fail mission to protect your data,” he added.

Holness said the pilot is expected to be completed by the end of this financial year, with full roll-out by the next financial year. According to the news outlet, Holness said there will be 24 sites at various post offices which will be made into enrollment centers for NIDs.

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