A different NIDS

Monday, April 22, 2019

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Dear Editor,

I truly believe that the establishment of a national identification system is a great idea and that its enactment should never warrant complications but, as it is sometimes said, “The road to hell is often paved with good intentions.”

Following objections by the general secretary of the Opposition People's National Party, the Supreme Court has declared the Government's proposals invalid as it breaches citizens' rights to privacy through excessive demands.

Like many Jamaicans, I have a Jamaican passport, a driver's licence, a national voter's identification card and a tax registration number. These, I think, are valid forms of identification, and with these my identity is verifiable and never in doubt.

The only improvement I can envisage is the provision of one card which combines the basic information contained in these four documents and should be available for every citizen from birth and throughout his or her life.

These could be as follows:

(a) a dated photograph

(b) full name

(c) sex

(d) date of birth

(e) tax registration number

(f) place of birth

(g) occupation

(h) blood type could be included for medical purposes.

These could be updated every 10 years or so, with a renewed photograph to account for aging, current address, and/or change of occupation.

I do not believe such information will breach anyone's human rights, and every individual should be willing to register for one, making their identity never in doubt (NID).

Ronald R Fagan

Kingston 5

ronniefagan @Gmail.com

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