Mexico: a TV set for your biometrics data
In Mexico, people registered as beneficiaries of any programmes led by the Ministry of Social Development could obtain a TV set, as part of the transition from analogue to digital TV organised by the Ministry of Communications and Transportation. Yet, the Ministry of Communications and Transportation requested the collection of fingerprints, the scanning of the beneficiary’s voter card and the beneficiary’s address in exchange of the TV set. The company Codigo Empresarial SA de CV was tasked with the collection and storage of this data. The move was deemed illegal by the National Institute of Transparency, Access to Information and Protection of Personal Data (INAI).