Communications and Digital minister Fahmi Fadzil at this time advised Dewan Rakyat that the federal government has no intention to gather fingerprints within the implementation of the Nationwide Digital ID (NDID) programme. Rumours relating to this have been spreading on social media, which he says is inaccurate and deceptive.
“Despite the fact that the NDID programme is beneath MIMOS and never KKD (Ministry of Communications and Digital), I take this chance to make clear that we don’t intend to gather fingerprints,” the minister defined. For context, prime minister Anwar Ibrahim introduced on 21 November 2023 that the federal government had appointed the nationwide analysis and improvement centre, MIMOS Berhad, because the implementing company for the programme with an preliminary allocation of RM80 million.
Fahmi additional clarified that fingerprint info and different biometric identifiers are beneath the purview of the House Ministry and the Nationwide Registration Division. “The Digital IDD is a single sign-on initiative and that is what we are attempting to convey to the folks,” he added.
In case you missed it, Anwar revealed through the Budget 2024 tabling in October that the federal government might be expediting the event of the Nationwide Digital ID, with the purpose to implement it someday subsequent 12 months. Normally, the digital ID would serve the identical objective because the MyKad, the place it may be used to confirm your id for on-line use. For instance, simply as you would wish to current your id card as proof when opening a checking account, NDID is meant to fulfil the identical objective for on-line registrations and such.
On a associated notice, Fahmi advised reporters earlier this week that the Nationwide Digital ID won’t jeopardise private information safety. He defined that the data within the digital ID might be applied in a module that might be utilized by the ministries and finally the non-public sector. Additional, the minister stated that many nations are additionally adopting this verification method on account of its quite a few advantages, together with the diminished prices for utility improvement.