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Promoting Global Identification: Corporations, IGOs and ID card systems

The international growth of schemes for national registration and identification systems has been very rapid and touches rich and poor countries alike. Where such systems are established their use of multiple sources of personal data contributes to a major expansion of surveillance capacities, whatever their specific functionalities. The speed and spread of ID card proposals and schemes suggests that other factors are involved than endogenous governmental aspirations to streamline administrative arrangements.