Information of ID Card Holders will be Kept Confidential, says Official

ABU DHABI - The information given by national identity card holders at the time of application is kept confidential, according to the Director of Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA), Darwish Al Zarouni.

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Published: Sat 2 Aug 2008, 1:23 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 5:12 PM

Al Zarouni issued the clarification to scotch rumours that ID card holders could be tracked down through an electronic device fitted in the card.

The information available in the files of ID card holders is confidential, he said and pointed out that even the government departments and agencies, which took part in the process, would not be able to access information stored in each other’s records.

The government departments, the ministries and the banking channels have been given passwords to access only the information that is available on their own databases, Al Zarouni said.

“The ID cards are uniform, with no difference between the ID of a national, expatriate, minister or a watchman,” he stressed.

EIDA is coordinating with government and private organisations to link all their services to the ID, whether it be for UAE nationals or expatriates.

“With effect from January 2009, all nationals would have to furnish their IDs in order to carry out any transactions with government departments and banks,” said Al Zarouni.

Al Zarouni urged all nationals and expatriates to get their names registered at any of the 27 ID registration centres in the country, or contact 600-523432 to find out the location of the nearest centre.

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