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India's gargantuan biometric database raises big questions

India's gargantuan biometric database raises big questions

SEPTEMBER 27, 2012
BY REBECCA BOWE

The government of India has amassed a database of 200 million Indian residents' digital fingerprints, iris scans, facial photographs, names, addresses and birthdates. Yet this vast collection of private information is only a drop in the bucket compared to the volume of data it ultimately intends to gather. The Unique Identity Authority of India (UIDAI), the agency that administers Aadhaar -- India's Unique Identity (UID) program -- has a goal of capturing and storing this personal and biometric information for each and every one of India's 1.2 billion residents. Everyone who enrolls is issued a 12-digit unique ID number and an ID card linked to the data.

Once it’s complete, the Aadhaar system will require so much data storage capacity that it is projected to be 10 times the size of Facebook. And while it's optional to enroll, the program is envisioned as the basis for new mobile apps that would facilitate everything from banking transactions to the purchase of goods and services, which could make it hard for individuals to opt out without getting left behind.

Read more: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/09/indias-gargantuan-biom...



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I wanted to bump this ......

It's mentioned in a book I'm reading for a Computer Information Systems class. Scary stuff. Just google "Biometric Identity Project."

India's biometric ID project is back on track
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2606152/indias-biometric-id-p...

One of the suggested uses for this technology, according to the book I'm reading, is crowd control. Lovely.