Pilgrims to wear electronic bracelets in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia plans to ask pilgrims to wear electronic bracelets containing personal records, tracking via GPS

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Saudi Arabia is preparing to ask all pilgrims, who will visit the country for their Hajj mission, to wear electronic bracelets containing personal information, reported Al Arabia on Saturday, citing Al Watan Arabic daily newspaper.

Hajj is the annual pilgrimage to Mecca and one of the most important events for Muslim people around the world, gathering more than 2 million people in Saudi Arabia to take part in one of Islam’s five main of faith.

Saudi Ministerty of Hajj and Interior Ministry have completed an initial plan in order to introduce the practice, said Al Watan, citing an unnamed government official.

“The project is now with the Ministry of Finance for a budgeting proposal. Once the Ministry of Finance and the higher authorities approve the project, the Ministry of Hajj will immediately implement it,” said the government official.

The electronic bracelet system, if comes to practice, will store important information, including address of residence in Saudi Arabia, full medical records, and also a GPS system which might raise concern of breaching privacy among pilgrims.

“The e-bracelet will be a technological revolution that will expedite many processes such as collecting statistics of pilgrims,” said the Saudi government official.


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