Tech Roundup: National ID card — surveillance or data security?

Brazil has launched a unified ID card for its citizens. The government claims it will increase data security — activists fear state surveillance

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This week. Brazil launches a unified ID card to improve security. Big tech says Brazil’s “fake news bill” threatens “free internet” in the country. Global hiring in tech skyrockets in Latin America. 

Government creates national ID card to improve security

President Jair Bolsonaro signed a decree this week creating a unified national identity card for Brazilians. — as things stand, IDs are issued by state administrations, with each following its own standards. The government hopes the new document will simplify Brazilians’ lives, improve data security, and prevent cases of identity theft.

Changes. Individual taxpayer numbers (the so-called CPF) will now...

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