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Israel: Biometric Databank Proposal

(Nov. 19, 2009) On November 17, 2009,the special Knesset (Israel's parliament) committee for evaluating the subject of a biometric database convened at the Prime Minister's office and decided to postpone voting on a bill to implement a biometric system for two years. According to the bill, electronic identification cards would replace the current paper ones […]

China: Administrative Enforcement Law in the Works

(Oct. 13, 2009) On August 26, 2009, China's draft Administrative Enforcement Law passed a third reading by the National People's Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC). According to a vice chairman of the NPCSC's Legislative Affairs Work Committee, it will be adopted before the end of 2010. Chinese legal experts have commented that the adoption of this […]

Russia: Passports Will Be Issued In-Person Only

(Oct. 6, 2009) On September 8, 2009, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation confirmed as legal the existing practice whereby an individual may only submit to police authorities his application to receive or renew a passport in person. This decision was made in response to a petition filed by a person who permanently resides […]

Netherlands: Marijuana Pass Planned for Nationals Only

(Sept. 17, 2009) The Dutch government plans to introduce a national marijuana pass, available only to Dutch nationals over 18 years of age, under a program that would ban foreigners from visiting “coffee shops” (marijuana cafes). The pass will also limit coffee shop visits to one per day and marijuana purchases to a maximum of […]

Burkina Faso: Government Effort to Register Citizens

(June 2, 2009) In response to a recommendation of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, the government of Burkina Faso has announced a national program to register all citizens in the next 12 months, at a cost of over US$4 million. It is estimated that about 5.5 million people, mostly women […]

Peru: Anti-Drug Effort Jurisdiction and Drug Registry

(Sept. 16, 2008) On July 8, 2008, President Alan Garcia Perez of Peru promulgated Law No. 29251, amending Law No. 28303 on the supervision of chemical ingredients and controlled products. The Law specifies those entities that have the authority to control and supervise material that can be used in the production of drugs and creates […]

Belarus: National Population Database

(Aug. 29, 2008) On July 28, 2008, the President of Belarus signed the Law on Population Registry. The Law provides for the creation of a database that will include information on all citizens and residents of the nation. The declared goals of this Law are to expedite the issuance of personal documents and other information […]

Croatia: Personal Identification Numbers Issued

(June 2, 2008) On May 9, 2008, the Croatian Parliament adopted the Law on Personal Identification Numbers, under which personal identification numbers (PINs) will be introduced in Croatia for both individuals and businesses at the beginning of 2009. The numbers will be determined randomly, so that personal data cannot be identified. The PIN for new-born […]

France: Biometric Passports

(June 2, 2008) On April 30, 2008, the French government issued a decree implementing biometric passports and creating a national database to store fingerprints, photographs, and information relating to the civil status of passport applicants. The decree was published in the official gazette of May 4, 2008. It is designed to comply with European Council […]

Bangladesh: National Identification Card

(Apr. 2, 2008) On March 30, 2008, the Council of Advisers of the caretaker government of Bangladesh approved the National Identity Registration Authority Ordinance 2008. The ordinance establishes that the Home Ministry will serve as the control ministry for providing national identification cards. It also states that voter identity cards being provided by the Election […]