The problem of identification in Colombia has long been a matter of national security. In 2013, they signed an agreement with the aim of ending the problems associated with fraud and identity theft. Under this agreement, all notary-related proceedings would involve obtaining and analyzing biometric data, an idea that will become a reality in 2014.
The process is simple: a digital fingerprint is taken and the papillary ridges are captured. This information is subsequently registered on a computer using an electronic sensor. This enables the fingerprints to be compared against the National Civil Registry’s biometric database, confirming the identity of the user.
This process will improve the safety of notarial transactions and help prevent identity theft and fraud. The system will have all the human and technological mechanisms needed to guarantee the reliability and transparency of the transactions as well as the integrity and evidentiary value of the data obtained.
For this procedure to be successful, some basic rules should be observed, such as avoiding handling greasy objects and taking the necessary precautions for those with medical issues.
Additionally, it will be necessary for the individual to be present for transactions requiring a photograph, reading the two-dimensional code on the back of the card and signing the electronic device.
As you can see, the Colombian government is making a lot of progress in its quest to eliminate fraud and identity theft. We hope that these measures will help make Colombia a safer and reliable place in the future.