Data Stored Under NIDS will be Secure, says PM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness is insisting Jamaicans can be assured that information stored under the upcoming National Identification System, NIDS, programme will be secure.

Prime Minister Holness was addressing a ceremony yesterday where the Government signed a USD$248-million Inter-American Development Bank, IDB loan agreement. Sixty-eight million of that amount will be allocated to the NIDS.

The Prime Minister says the NIDS is necessary and part of a push to digitize Jamaica’s economy. He says he’s aware there are many concerns in the public domain about the programme.

But Mr. Holness says despite those issues – there’s no need to fear the move to put in place a central identification system. He says his administration is sensitive to the fact that there’s an issue of trust.

Mr. Holness says the Government is committed to putting systems in place to protect information which will be obtained under the NIDS programme. He says Jamaicans should be assured no move is being made to endanger their personal information.

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