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New Evidence that Biometric Data Systems Imperil Afghans

By Human Rights Watch
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Click to expand Image A United States military official takes the fingerprints of a man in Afghanistan.   © 2010 AP Photo/Julie Jacobson The Taliban control systems holding sensitive biometric data that Western donor governments left behind in Afghanistan in August 2021, putting thousands of Afghans at risk, Human Rights Watch said today. These digital identity and payroll systems contain Afghans’ personal and biometric data, including iris scans, fingerprints, photographs, occupation, home addresses, and names of relatives. The Taliban could use them to target perceived opponents, and…

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