Mexico is planning to issue national ID cards to all its citizens by 2012, according to an Associated Press report.
The credentials will carry the cardholder’s photograph. It will also store information on fingerprints and biometric data, including facial and iris scans, on a magnetic strip. It wasn’t clear how all that information will be stored on a magnetic stripe.
Mexican citizens use a voter ID cards for identification. They contain a photo, signature and one fingerprint and will continue to be issued.
The new cards aim to help in the fight against organized crime, and ensure transparency in government aid programs.
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