• Minister Chuck says the government isn't planning on using the NIDS as a crime fighting tool.

Some Biometric Data Not Required Under New NIDS Bill


Justice Minister Delroy Chuck says the latest draft of the National Identification System, NIDS, bill will no longer require biometric data such as retina scans or footprints.

He says the draft legislation should be ready by July or August, and would only require Jamaicans to present a photograph and have their fingerprints taken.

He was speaking on Nationwide This Morning with Kalilah Reynolds and Patria-Kaye Aarons.

The Justice Minister says under the new draft NIDS bill, there would be no need for the long list of biometric data previously stipulated in the law that was struck down by the constitutional court as null, void and of no legal effect.

Minister Chuck says they’re already preparing the new draft bill which should be ready by July/August.

He also says the funds from the Inter- American Development Bank, IDB, are still available for use on the project.

Minister Chuck also says the perceived rush in passing the bill is not the result of the government’s loan arrangement with the IDB.

Meanwhile, Minister Chuck says the government isn’t planning on using the NIDS as a crime fighting tool.

Neika Lewis is an award-winning journalist with over 7 years of experience across radio, tv and the print media. A CARIMAC alum, Neika copped the Prime Minister’s Youth award for journalism in 2017. Her reporting on a Jamaican pilot incarcerated in Qatar in 2015 led to his release. Neika hunts for human interest stories.

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