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

With the fall of Afghanistan and Afghans in mortal danger from the Taliban, HRF has created various resources, including Evading the Misuse of Biometric Data; Internet Shutdowns and Blockages; Thwarting Digital Surveillance; How to Delete Your Digital History; and FAQs: Protection From Digital Identification Methods By the Taliban.

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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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Published on August 17, 2021

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