Children’s Privacy: Malawi’s kids’ ID registration program a privacy red flag

Malawi, which has no privacy law, currently has a children’s ID collection program underway with the intent to register 8.4 million of its children under age 16. The program is part of the national Digital Malawi program which has the goal of linking all Malawi citizens to a government database.  Privacy advocates are concerned about the scope of the data being collected, potential for use in government surveillance, and that biometric data is being collected on children as young as newborns.