Civics: Afghans scramble to delete digital history, evade biometrics

Rina Chandran:

Concerns that digital IDs and databases can be used to target people

  • Aid groups, government agencies responsible for securing systems
  • Rights groups advising activists on how to delete digital trails

Thousands of Afghans struggling to ensure the physical safety of their families after the Taliban took control of the country have an additional worry: that biometric databases and their own digital history can be used to track and target them.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned of “chilling” curbs on human rights and violations against women and girls, and Amnesty International on Monday said thousands of Afghans – including academics, journalists and activists – were “at serious risk of Taliban reprisals”.

Many taxpayer supported K-12 School Districts use Google (YouTube), Facebook (instagram) and similar services, including Madison.