According to Lexpress, the destruction of the biometric data that had been gathered last year to issue new biometric National Identity Cards will be done once some formality measures are taken care of.
The biometric National Identity Card (NIC) has been the subject of much controversy ever since the ex-government hinted at its application. Until now, a large portion of Mauritians have not gone forward to have theirs made, firmly believing that no such need as to document the fingerprints of each individual exists and that this would only be infringing upon their privacy and freedom. Now, to their relief, the new government has executed its electoral campaign promises to destroy the existing information that was previously gleaned relating to the biometric NIC. As such, those who have not already had their biometric NIC will not have to go through the procedures ever.
The authorities will soon get rid of all the biometric data. In the meantime, technical aspects of the huge task to be done are being assessed. The information stored is currently being segmented. It is only the part that consists of fingerprints and biometric photography that will be destroyed, with the aim to protecting such personal information of the citizens.
According to Lexpress, the security measures will have to be reviewed before going for the deletion, while care is to be taken so as not to damage the card.
After these details are sorted out, a date will be scheduled for the destruction of the biometric data.