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Jamaica: NIDS data harvesting may infringe privacy rights – academic

Dean of the Faculty of Law at The University of West Indies, Mona, Dr Shazeeda Ali, has suggested that the proposed National Identification System (NIDS) could cause interference with some privacy rights of Jamaicans.

In a recent submission to the joint select committee considering the National Identification and Registration Act, 2020, Ali said that citing the need for administrative efficiency to justify the collection of certain biometric data was generally not a strong enough reason.

She argued that the Jamaican Constitution protects the individual’s right to privacy of one’s person, property, private family life, home, and communication.

Such interference might occur through, for example, the collection of fingerprints and informational privacy concerns stemming from the storage and processing of electronic data, the Faculty of Law dean noted.

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