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Astana, Kazakhstan • 29 September, 2023 | 13:49

Kazakhstan Mandates Fingerprint Registration from 2024

This will affect both citizens above the age of 16 and foreigners permanently residing in the country

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Starting January 1, 2024, citizens of Kazakhstan and foreigners permanently residing in the country will be required to register their fingerprints, QazMonitor reports.

Nurzhan Zhanabayev, a senior inspector from the Migration Service Committee, announced at the briefing at the Ministry of Internal Affairs that all citizens of Kazakhstan and foreigners permanently residing in the country will be subject to fingerprint registration, except for children under the age of 12. Children aged 12 to 16 years will have the option to undergo fingerprint registration voluntarily.

The inspector also explained that the personal data, including fingerprint information, of citizens will be protected by the state.

"Dactyloscopic information of citizens of Kazakhstan who have undergone fingerprint registration will be anonymized. This means that the database will only contain a digital model of fingerprints and a unique identifier, while personal data such as full name and Individual Identification Number will not be present [in this database]. The depersonalization is automatic, thanks to the system's structure and architecture. Currently, the authorized body is testing the system to ensure compliance with information security requirements," concluded Zhanabayev.

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