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Biometrics in Afghanistan

After the Taliban took over Afghanistan on August 15, 2021 they gained control of the buildings, equipment, and material of the Afghan Ministry of Interior (MoI) and Ministry of Defense (MoD), and the various security organizations (police, army, and other orgs). Among these newly acquired possession is the biometric equipment used by the former security institutions to register members of the government, police, army, and intelligence agencies. As a result, the Taliban now control systems with thesensitive personal information


Resources about Biometrics in Afghanistan

Afghan Automated Biometrics Information System (AABIS)
AABIS (internal link)

News Reports about Biometrics

January 15, 2023, "How Taliban's takeover of US biometric devices threatens data privacy", Interesting Engineering. Understanding the consequences of the US experiment in biometric-driven warfare and biometric cyberintelligence is critically important for determining whether and how the military should collect biometric information.

December 27, 2022, "For Sale on eBay: A Military Database of Fingerprints and Iris Scans", The New York Times. German security researchers studying biometric capture devices popular with the U.S. military got more than they expected for $68 on eBay.

March 30, 2022, "New Evidence that Biometic Data Systems Imperil Afghans", Human Rights Watch. The Taliban now control systems with sensitive personal information.

 



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