Kuwait intends to set up a biometric fingerprint database for everyone who lives in the country over the age of 18, including both citizens and residents.
The Director of the General Department of Criminal Evidence, Major General Eid Al-Owaihan, told The Times Kuwait they aim to finalize the project “within a year”.
Residents will be able to make an appointment to have their biometric data collected via a platform, dubbed “Meta”, on the Ministry of Interior’s website.
The news comes as Kuwait is moving forward with a project to collect the biometric data of all people entering the country, regardless of whether or not they are residents.
To collect this data, the Ministry of Interior has installed 49 devices at land, sea and air ports across the country, in addition to building two dedicated 24 hour centers in Umm Al-Hayman and Jahra, as per Kuwaiti publication the Al-Rai daily, translated by Arab Times.
The devices will collect biometric data, including face, eye and fingerprint scans, which will then be set to the Criminal Evidence Department.
Source : Biometric