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Sweden: Court Says Previous Sex Change Not a Bar to Second Change of Legal Gender Identity

(Oct. 11, 2017) On August 28, 2017, the Stockholm Court of Administrative Appeal found that a woman who was born male has the right to change her legal identity back to that of a man, even though she has female genitalia. The woman had undergone gender transformative surgery and sterilization in 2011, whereupon she became […]

Israel: Biometric Passport Issuance Becomes Mandatory

(June 13, 2017) Under recently issued regulations on the inclusion of biometric identification (IBI Regulations) in identity cards and passports, Israel’s Ministry of the Interior will no longer issue such documents in non-biometric formats. (Inclusion of Biometric Identification Means and Biometric Identification Data in Identification Documents and in a Databank (IBI) Regulations (Temporary Amendment), KOVETZ […]

Macau: ID Card Scan and Facial Recognition Required for Mainland Bank Card Holders Using ATMs

(May 11, 2017) On May 7, 2017, the Government of the Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China announced that “know your customer” (KYC) technology will be installed in automated teller machines (ATMs) in the city, in particular those in and near casinos.  Holders of UnionPay cards issued by mainland China […]

Brazil: New Document Will Gather All Citizen ID Information in One Place

(Apr. 28, 2017) On April 11, 2107, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved a bill of law that creates the National Identification Document (Documento de Identificação Nacional).  The new ID will gather together in a single document biometric and civil data found in, e.g., the General Register, the driver’s license, the Individual Taxpayers Register, and voter […]

Brazil: Use of Face Recognition Technology to Identify International Travelers at Airports

(Aug. 3, 2016) On August 1, 2016, the Brazilian Internal Revenue Service (Secretaria da Receita Federal, SRF) started to use a facial recognition system to identify international travelers arriving at airports in the country.  The goal is to expedite customs service procedures by the prior identification and selection for further inspection of passengers who present a […]

Indonesia: Plan to Issue ID Cards to Children

(Mar. 3, 2016) In February 2016, Indonesia’s Home Minister, Tjahjo Kumolo, announced that under Home Ministerial Regulation No. 2 of 2016 the government will begin issuing identity cards to children in March. The cards, to be called Kartu Identitas Anak [Child Identity Cards] (KIAs), will have unique numbers that will be issued to all Indonesians […]

Switzerland: Initiative on Biometric ID Cards for Foreigners

(Mar. 10, 2010) On March 3, 2010, Switzerland's National Council (the larger chamber of the two-chamber parliament) adopted a decision to include biometric data on the identification cards of foreigners. Such data (fingerprints, facial photograph, digital signature, stored in a microchip) on Swiss nationals has been included in the new Swiss passport, issued since March […]