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Exclusion by Design: How National ID Systems Make Social Protection Inaccessible to Vulnerable Populations

– Privacy International

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  • Posted by Good ID team (Good ID)
  • 23 April 2021

How national digital ID systems fail to serve marginalized minorities

Using case studies, Privacy International explores how difficult it can be for minority individuals to receive social support and protection due to failures within the accessibility and representation of government run digital ID systems.

"The way ID systems are designed and implemented inevitably exclude some people from access to identity credentials, and those who cannot use their identity credentials are denied access to goods and services."

To illustrate the ways in which these systems fail to support millions of people, the article focuses on discriminatory designs in Kenya, logistical failures in Uganda, technical exclusion in India, as well as barriers in place around the world when it comes to accessing the Covid vaccination.

Governments must recognize and address failures to cater for those who do not squarely fit within technological systems of identification and registration, ensuring that those individuals are not disproportionately prejudiced by pre-requisites to social protection

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