The Arabian Emirates is planning to incorporate the ID card in residents mobile phones.
This opens unprecedented possibilities for monitoring the population
- Through the mobile phone operator the government will know the location of every single citizen
- The ID card will also work using NFC. NFC allows the contents to be read from a short distance (currently max 20cm, and for practical purposes 4 cm), even if your battery is dead. If they improve this distance a bit it will be very easy to register everybody passing a checkpoint.