"Iran has introduced new biometric national identity cards that observers believe can be used to indentify dissident easier than before. The card which can be used for internet usage, is considered a new measure to control, limit, and identify internet users and dissident cyber activists.
The Iranian government has been up front with its efforts to control and filter internet usage. The new Iranian national identity card is currently being tested in the city of Qum but the nationwide release will start next year, for an estimated 62 million Iranians, says a Iranian official who was involved in the development process. Iranian new year will start March 21, marking the beginning of spring.
The national card will record all biometric and personal information of the person in addition to fingerprints."