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Scottish pound

Scotland’s new £20 has ‘Northern Lights effect’

The Bank of Scotland has presented a new celebratory £20 banknote. The new banknote will be limited in number, unveiled along with a new £20...

Philippines will stamp Chinese passports for 1st time in 7 years

The Philippines will start stamping Chinese passports featuring a map of the heavily disputed nine-dash line within the South China Sea. Bloomberg reports that the...

Cyprus admits ‘golden passport’ mistakes

Cyprus has admitted that mistakes were made when offering foreign investors citizenship. Concerns are rife that people from outside the European Union are obtaining these...
czech children id card

Mandatory ID card for Czech kids from age of 6

The Czech government is working on a new law that will lower the age requirements of an official ID card from 15 to 6...

Zimbabwe ready to roll out new dollar bills

Zimbabwe will release its new dollar banknotes this month. The Central Bank of Zimbabwe is about to roll out the Z$2 and Z$5 bills, after...

myColorado ‘more than an ID app’

Colorado has added driver’s licences to the myColorado mobile app which can be used to register to vote, renew a driver’s licence and prove...
social media

Can IDs help combat online hate speech?

Italy's government is considering forcing people to show their ID card before they can open a social media account. The new law was proposed by...

Reduced visa restrictions for Taiwanese visiting Turkey

Turkey has relaxed their visa restrictions for Taiwan to boost tourism. As of 26 October, Taiwanese passport holders who meet the requirements can apply for...

Joint visa between Saudi Arabia and UAE

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will be issuing a joint visa soon. The new visa is expected to come into force in 2020. Sultan...

Kenya Kicks Off Digital Identity Pilot Program [Update]

Update: Just a month after Kenya launched the rollout its new digital identity pilot program, the country’s High Court has ordered the process be...

The UAE Introduces a New 500-Dirham Polymer Banknote

The Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE) has announced the issuance of a new AED 500 (500-Dirham) banknote made of polymer. The announcement came...

Biometric Technologies of the Future: Earlobe Recognition

Expert author Ravi Das has, in previous articles, described DNA recognition and Gait recognition as physical biometric technologies of the future. Here, he presents...

Argentina Upgrades Its Relatively New 2,000-Pesos Banknote

On November 7, just months after issuing its first 2,000-pesos banknote, the Banco Central de la República Argentina (BCRA) has put into circulation an...

Busted: Belgian-Greek Network Smuggling Migrants with fake IDs

The following news story was released by Europe’s Border Security Report earlier this month. Authorities in Belgium and Greece have dismantled a network that was...