bill provides biometric identification of newborns

O PL alters Lei Public Records (lei 6.015/73) and sets a deadline of six months for the biometric systems are functioning.
23/06/2017 15h48 - Updated 23/06/2017 15h48
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The Congresswoman Conceição Sampaio (PP) filed the bill 6945/2017, requiring hospitals and maternity wards throughout the country to make the biometric identification of newborns. O PL alters Lei Public Records (lei 6.015/73) and sets a deadline of six months for the biometric systems are functioning.

The bill follows appended to the Bill 7351/2014 and it has been considered by the Commission on Social Security and Family. Now, the bringing ongoing in the commission of Finance and Taxation to follow the Committee on Constitution and Justice and Citizenship. Following this discussion, proposal will be brought to vote by the full.

According to Conceição Sampaio, the theft of documents causes huge material and moral damages to the victims, They are facing great difficulties to prove innocence. The intent of the bill is to contribute to creating a more efficient identification system. "Biometric identification could avoid these troubles and provide a safe means of proof of identity of the people", he said.

She also argued that Brazilian law on public records needs to adapt to new techniques available in the market, in order to give more security to citizens in civil identification process.

"This identification, in the case of newborn, It can be useful to prevent the exchange of children in maternity wards and combat trafficking in babies, situation that is becoming increasingly common in Brazil ", said.

currently, Baby identification is performed through fingerprinting feet. Digital ink is collected with the nurses. This methodology has been questioned because it does not allow the issuance of the identity of children.


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