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August 17, 2021

Steps to Protect Your Online Identity from the Taliban: Digital History and Evading Biometrics Abuses

Evading the Misuse of Biometric Data

We understand that the Taliban is now likely to have access to various biometric databases and equipment in Afghanistan, including some left behind by coalition military forces. This technology is likely to include access to a database with fingerprints and iris scans, and include facial recognition technology.

Overall, it is very difficult to avoid recognition based on biometric data, but the following fact sheet outlines some things you can do, and some you shouldn’t.

 

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Internet Shutdowns and Blockages

This short guide is intended to help Afghans prepare for internet censorship and shutdowns.

 

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Thwarting Digital Surveillance

This guide covers some best practices for digital security, specifically to thwart surveillance of your communications and location.

 

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How to Delete Your Digital History

This short guide helps human rights activists erase their digital footprints. When covering digital tracks and erasing your digital profile remember there are various ways the authorities can try to attack you. These include compiling a public post history of “offending content,” and compromising your private accounts and contact lists.

 

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FAQs: Protection From Digital Identification Methods By the Taliban

Our experts have compiled guidance on frequent questions from Afghans about protecting their digital identity from the Taliban.

 

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