The charity advocating the human right of privacy throughout the world explains what it sees as the problems with the growing emergence of identity systems.
It stresses a “need to understand the lived reality of those who both have and do not have access to these systems, to understand their true impact.”
Privacy International outline issues arising from the use of large biometric databases, exclusion of certain groups from the identification systems, or exploitation through profiling and tracking.
It also identifies possible solutions to these issues, from proper legal and regulatory framework to limiting “function creep,” or a singular identity system being used for many functions beyond its original purpose.
Privacy International highlight their campaign work to “critically engage with national, state-provided identification systems, research their impacts, and to advocate for change,” including reports and analysis, education and explanatory content, advocacy, examples, and news and updates.