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Tougher ID Standards Loom Ahead

Indonesian Government Moving Towards Nation-wide Fingerprinting and Single ID Card System.

(12/18/2005) In move to curb the widespread abuse of official identity cards the Indonesian Government is reportedly moving towards a Single Identification Number (SIN) system a number that would be used in the issuance of all official identity cards, driver's license and passports.

The idea of a uniform approach to identification issuance is in response to the government's desire to curb terrorist activities and vigorous objections from certain elements of the community who protested when police recently made moves to fingerprint residents of Islamic pesantrens in Java.

The new system, when and if it is introduced, will circumvent such objections by being mandatory and requiring every member of the community to be fingerprinted and clearly and permanently identified under a SIN system.