Privy Council's verdict on the MNIC case

In several posts earlier I cited the verdicts of the Supreme Court of Mauritius in the two cases which concern the recording & storage of fingerprint for the purpose of the Mauritius National Identity Card. Note that Dr Maharajah Madhewoo made an appeal to the Privy Council and the case was heard on the 20th July 2016. The judgement was given in October of the same year. The Privy Council [Read More]

Offences under the Mauritius National Identity Card Act

If a country has strict border security with biometric identification, you may still decline to visit the country, but if your own government makes it compulsory to give fingerprints for an identity card then you're an outlaw for refusing same. The fear of paying Rs 100, 000 fine and five years of imprisonment has certainly made many people rush to the national identity card conversion centres. I had friends and [Read More]

Should we consider fingerprint minutiae as biometric data?

I wrote a letter to the Data Protection Commissioner today in order to obtain some clarification on whether fingerprint minutiae is biometric data. The Supreme Court of Mauritius in its verdict in the case JUGNAUTH Pravind Kumar (Hon) vs The State of Mauritius (2015 SCJ 178), said the following: « we grant a permanent writ of injunction prohibiting the defendants from storing, or causing to be stored, as the case may [Read More]

49th independence day of Mauritius

Today many will raise the national flag and sing the national anthem as we celebrate the 49th independence day of Mauritius. Members of the national assembly will brand themselves as the greatest patriots and give lengthy lectures on the progress of the nation. Opposition party members will tell the press about the dangers where we're heading and that corruption has reached a peak as never seen before. Kids will merrily [Read More]

Where to find the largest pizza in Mauritius?

We had a team lunch today and I was told that we'd go to a restaurant in Trou aux Biches, called Chez Marco. That's how the restaurant is mostly known in the region, while it's name is actually La Voglia Matta. The big happy moment came when we saw the size of the family pizza that we ordered. We took the "four cheese" and it was delicious! Now that you've [Read More]

Sex in Mauritius

It would appear that sex is something of much fascination for my countrymen; i.e in Mauritius. Sex which is at the same time a taboo and a subject of jokes & enjoyment among both genders; gets all the limelight at the slightest mention of it. At least that is what I could gather from Facebook posts recently. The past few days my Facebook feed was flooded with references to [Read More]

CERT-MU, no action against spam in Mauritius

I received emails about a Valentine's sales offer on four of my email addresses; both work and personal. I never subscribed to receive commercial offers from that company which is based in Mauritius. In the absence of clearly defined laws and inaction from authorities, businesses in Mauritius feel it is okay to just send you offers by email. They do not realize that an email is not a webpage where [Read More]

Internet in Mauritius, from simple metric to deceptive advertising

I'm an internet user from the late 90's. I was a teenager and after getting inconvenient surprises when the telephone bill would arrive I told my father that we should probably opt for an internet package. I said "we" but I was the only internet user at home. During the "dial-up connection" days it was not surprising to wait for two or three minutes for a page to load completely. [Read More]

Digital Night Mauritius 2017

Digital Night - it's the name of the first «tech» event of 2017 in Mauritius. This event aims to bring forth two days of festive moment all while accentuating on career prospects in the tech industry and allowing the public to discover various technologies. OTAM, MITIA and CCIFM partnered with various other organizations from the local tech industry to organize the event. More details can be found on the event's [Read More]

World Health Organization reports on Ambient Air Pollution

An article by zinfos974.com went viral on social networks as the title said « une ville de Maurice parmi les 500 villes les plus polluées du monde ». No wonder with words such as "most polluted cities" and "Beau-Bassin/Rose-Hill" Mauritians might stop scrolling their news feed or even have their jaws dropped. I read the article and throughout it used the words "polluants" and "pollués". Even though the article cites [Read More]