[Final Draft for Sign-On] Civil society calls on international actors in Afghanistan for immediate action to secure digital identity and biometric data


[Final Draft for Sign-On] Civil society calls on international actors in Afghanistan for immediate action to secure digital identity and biometric data
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22/08/2021 – 15:01

“We, the undersigned, call for an urgent safeguard of digital identity and biometric databases created in Afghanistan by development assistance missions, foreign governments previously aiding Afghan authorities, humanitarian actors, and aid agencies to ensure they are not misused against people. As the Taliban takes over key cities and government functions in Afghanistan, there is a tremendous fear in the country that militants and other armed actors will increasingly target human rights defenders, gender justice activists, critics of authority, and others, particularly as they gain more control over information and infrastructure that allows them to do so at scale. Several individuals and vulnerable groups have already  expressed concerns about the security risks posed by their data trails. “


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