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Mongolia: Smart ID Card System to Be Implemented

(May 11, 2011) The Mongolian Cabinet decided on March 9, 2011, to replace the country's personal identification card system with a new, electronic one. New, mandatory “smart” ID cards will have an embedded microchip containing all personal data, with biometric facial and fingerprint ID systems; the information will be stored in a database linked to […]

Brazil: New National ID Card Launched

(Jan. 4, 2011) On December 30, 2010, former Brazilian President Luis Inácio Lula da Silva and former Minister of Justice Luiz Paulo Barreto launched a new ID card, to be called the Civil Identity Registry (Registro de Identidade Civil – RIC), that will replace the current national identity document in Brazil. Lula's term of office […]

China: Revised Price Control Rules Provide Harsher Penalties for Price Manipulation

(Dec. 22, 2010) On December 4, 2010, the State Council of China published its decision to revise the Provisions on Administrative Penalties on Price Violations (Penalty Provisions), which was adopted by the executive meeting of the State Council on November 29, 2010. (State Council Decision on Revising the “Provisions on Admlinistrative Penalties on Price Violations” […]

Japan: Legal Aspects of Missing Elderly Persons

(Aug. 31, 2010) Since the oldest man on Tokyo's resident record was found on July 29, 2010, to have been dead for more than 30 years, municipal governments throughout Japan have been checking on the whereabouts of centenarians in their jurisdictions. (Justin McCurry, Japan Launches Nationwide Search for Centenarians, Guardian (London) (Aug. 3, 2010), http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/aug/03/japan-centenarians-search.) […]

Iran: House of Representatives Approves First Reading of Bill on “Enjoining Doing Right and Forbidding Doing Wrong”

(July 1, 2010) The trend in Iranian legislation under the current government is to return to Quranic roots and interpret religious norms through legislation. Thus, for example, according to article 8 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran, as amended in July 1989: In the Islamic Republic of Iran, to enjoin doing good […]

Israel: Law on Biometric Methods and Data Preservation

(Dec. 17, 2009) On December 7, 2009, the Knesset, Israel's parliament, passed the Law on the Inclusion of Biometric Methods and Data in Identification Documents and in a Data Bank, 6570-2009. The Law establishes rules for the issuance of identification cards and travel documents that will include biometric, digitally identifiable photographs of a person's face […]

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 […]