Bangalore, India: fake UID ID cards detected

Police has recently arrested 5 individuals who are accused of producing fake UID ID cards, 3 more men associated with the scheme are still missing. Local authorities started investigating the case after number of UID ID cards were broought by residents asking if these are legitimate. After the ID cards have found out to be fake Police raided Global ID Solutions office located in the basement of 80 Feet Road shopping mall. Printer and 1,200 blank ID cards have been secured. Global ID Solutions was a franchise of UID.

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Fort Zumwalt, MO ID badges remain mandatory for students

Fort Zumwalt school district students will continue to wear ID badges at school when they come back after the summer break. The Board of Education Monday voted 6:1 to maintain the controversial rule however the penalties for not wearing the ID badge have been reduced. The policy requires ID badge to worn and visible at all times when at school premises. Sounding strict policy has its source in the events that took place over 10 years ago when a teenager was holding a student at gunpoint at Fort Zumwalt South High School. Principals point out that ID badges are sometimes more trouble than they’re worth. Keeping the track of which students are not wearing the badges and enforcing the policy seems to be a major headache for school staff. Still the only member who voted againt the policy was Laure Schmid. She pointed out that effort spent on enforcing ID bagde policy could have been used to learn kids names.

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Philippines: new ID card for Social Security System

Social Security System that manages pension funds for private sector employees will be issuing a new ID card for its members. The new ID card presented on media conference in Manila on July 18th is equipped with a magnetic stripe as well as electrionic data chip which allows for contactless, radio frequency information trasfer. Improved ID card expands its use to withdraw the funds from SSS loans and benefits at ATM locations which is expected to reduce lines in the local agencies. The new ID card is part of service access integarion program called Unified Multipurpose Identification System (UMID) which allows to access various services using the same ID card. UMID was already joined by Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), the Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG), and the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. Emilio de Quiros Jr, SSS CEO denies allegations of creating national ID card: “A national ID is something that is mandatory. We are not doing that. This is not for police work,”
Current SSS ID cards will remain functional although can be replaced for the new ones upon request. Those who want to get the new ID card have to patient. The system suffers from severe backlogs, estiomated for over 600,000. Main reason for the heavy delays was ID card printing faclity failure in April 2010. New ID card production of 5000 pieces a day will be increased to 20,000 a day and backlog is expected to be cleared in months.

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US Green Card wins International Innovation Award

HID Global has announced that United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Permanent Resident Card won ACT Canada “International Innovation Award” in Identity Management category. USCIS green card is an ID card issued for US permanent residents. LaserCard, HID Global card is the manufacturer of USCIS documents. New redesigned green card, released in mid 2010 is the first id card to integrate optical security media (OSM) technology and an embedded RFID tag. Combination of optical read data and radio tranmitted data makes the id card security virtually impossible to compromise. Since 9/11 terrorist attacks government agency issued ID cards around the world have been leading the improvement in security.
Cathy Johnston, president of ACT Canada, commenting the award said: “ID security and functionality are pressing concerns for governments worldwide and the card industry must continually innovate to help maintain the integrity, longevity and usefulness of major ID programs, (…) The U.S. Green Card is a leading example of an ID card that leverages advanced technology and manufacturing expertise to enable greater security and functionality.”

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AZ: mexican worked with expired ID card stopped at nuclear plant

Last Wednesday Sheriff arrested a contractor worker Cruz Loya Alvares; reason for the arrest was suspicion of criminal trespassing on a nuclear power station. The contractor tried to enter the facility a day before but was refused due to expired Mexican consulate issued ID card. Next day he showed Arizona ID card and was allowed in by the guards but the ID card raised suspicion and authorities have been notified.
After the arrest is has been found out that Alvares was deported in 2000 and re-entered the country illegaly. The suspect is facing criminal charge of criminal trespassing at a nuclear station. Palo Verde nuclear plant administration pointed out that Alvares had no access to the protected areas of the facility.

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Idaho: DMV has completed transition to new ID card and driver’s license

Idaho Transportation Department announced the transition to the new ID card and driver’s licenses is completed as of July 12th 2011. Both state ID card and driver’s license carry state of the art security features protecing the documuents against forgery. With the new documents Idaho stops issuing driver’s licensesand id card over the counter; all documents are now sent from a central facility, same way as 24 other states. Applicants are now given temporary paper driver’s license or ID card to use for up to 30 days before the plastic one arrives in mail ussualy within 10 business days. Current licenses can be used up to the expiration date. Transition to the new documents started in May is considered to be successful. Alan Frew, DMV administrator says “We are proud of how well the rollout of the new license went,(…) We are also proud of how the cards will better protect Idahoans from identity theft and fraud.”
Lesson learned from the process is to pay special attention to the correct mailing address, especially apt#, mobile home spot and primary resident name in case of residents living with friends or relatives.

full press release is available online at: http://apps.itd.idaho.gov/Apps/MediaManagerMVC/PressRelease.aspx/Preview/3492

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PA: id badge for secretary of health spikes controversy

Pennsylvania health department secretery Eli Avila ordered an ID badge for himself and 9 branded jackets for his team. He faced critcism for his action as in Pennsylvania only law enforcement personnel get ID badges while all state employees get ID cards with job title, photo and employee name and agency name. Avila used to work at Suffolk County where he carried a badge. He was among first responders to 9/11 terrorist attack and found his ID highly useful. After governor Tom Corbett criticized the idea of ID badge Avila got rid of it.

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UAE: national ID card in minutes?

Abu Dhabi: by the next year UAE residents will be able to get the national ID card in minutes at a local EIDA (Emirates Identity Authority) center. This would allow for quick ID card delivery, within minutes after submitting the application. Local center would check the quality of biometric data obtained using online service with the EIDA headquarters. Fast issue service will first be available for ID card renewal and if everything goes smooth for new applications as well. At the present time ID card applicants need to set an appointment visit a local EIDA center for application submission and biometric data collection; the card is then printed at the EIDA headquarters and sent with courier service to the person directly or to a near post office for in person collection. New national ID card program experienced delays in card delivery in past due to high volume and problems with addresses correction. UAE ID card abitious project is to bind the ID card with immigration visa services, health care, social benefits and utilities payment. General manager of the Emirates Identity Authority (Eida), Dr Ali Al Khoury said “… we would like to encourage residents to continue applying for their ID cards. Soon, this ID will help residents access services like paying for their utility bills with features embedded in the card,”

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Richmond, CA: municipal ID card – done deal

City council voted unanimously for municipal ID card on Tuesday evening ending a long debate over the issue. According to the new rule every resident of Richmond who spent at least 15 days of past 30 days in the city would eligible for the municipal ID card. Minors need to have their parents or legal guardians submit the application for the ID card. Municipal ID card would be valid for 2 years. Valid document is required to obtain the ID card; it could be a foreign passport or consulate issued ID card. Besides identification the ID card can also double as debit card with $200 limit. This feature is expected to reduce the crime rate in town; undocummented immigrants were know for caring substantial amounts of cash which made them target for the robberies to the point when they start to strike back often with shooting involved.
The bill was sponsored by Jovanka Beckles and supported by mayor Galye McLaughlin. Althogh the idea has passed the city council unanimously it doesn’t mean controversies have disappeared. A concern that additional residents will become officially eligible for social services is widespread in California and Richmond is no exception. The state deep budget gap is often referred to social services overuse by illegal immigrants who as cash paid workforce hardly pay any taxes yet use expensive social services like, education, healthcare and food stamps.

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WI: free state photo ID card for voters

Starting July 1st Wisconsin started issuing free ID cards. This is a result of the new voting law that takes effect starting next year. An applicant for free ID card has to be 18 years old by the next elections, US citizen and state that he or she needs ID card for the purpose of voting. Wisconsin state normally costs $28; the state is expected to lose $1.9 million revenue due to free ID card issuance.

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