No tracking chip in Emirates ID card: Eida

Nixes rumours about jaywalkers tracked and fined via device in ID card

Caught jaywalking in the UAE - don’t blame it on your Emirates ID.

Social networking sites have been abuzz lately with reports that UAE residents can be tracked through their Emirates ID card.

Rumours of jaywalkers, in particular, being tracked and fined, were flying thick and fast.

A tweet from Medy reads: “Is it true that jaywalking is detected through emirates identification card? How could I know if I have any violations?”

Another tweet says: “Stop carrying your Emirates ID with you, you are being tracked since a tracking chip has been installed in the card.”

According to the  Emirates Identity Authority (Eida) this is not true.

“These are just rumors,” an Eida spokesman told Emirates 24|7.

Emirates ID is mandatory for all residents in the country.

By the end of 2011, around 5.277 million residents have been registered with the ID system, nearly 63 per cent of the UAE’s total population of about 8.2 million.

Around 2.44 million people were registered through 2011.


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