1. Aadhaar card linking must be criminalized: Edward Snowden

Aadhaar card linking must be criminalized: Edward Snowden

American whistleblower Edward Snowden once again expressed his concerns over Aadhaar card linking to various services in India. Snowden took to the micro-blogging website Twitter and called Aadhaar "an improper gate to service".

By: | New Delhi | Published: January 22, 2018 11:14 AM
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American whistleblower Edward Snowden once again expressed his concerns over Aadhaar card linking to various services in India. Snowden took to the micro-blogging website Twitter and called Aadhaar “an improper gate to service”. In this tweet, which came in response to an online article authored by the former head of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) K C Verma, Snowden said that linking Aadhaar card to various services must be criminalised. This was former US National Security Agency contractor’s third tweet about the Aadhaar card linking this month.

“Rarely do former intel chiefs and I agree, but the head of India’s RAW writes #Aadhaar is being abused by banks, telcos, and transport not to police entitlements, but as a proxy for identity-an improper gate to service. Such demands must be criminalized,” Snowden tweeted on Sunday, posting a link to Verma’s piece on a news website.

Many Twitter users replied to Snowden’s tweet by pointing out how banks and telecom companies in India are insistent on Aadhaar linkage. Relying on these concerns, Snowden took an older tweet from the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) and pointed out the design flaws in information flow with Aadhaar.

“That might be true if banks, landlords, hospitals, schools, telephone & internet companies were prohibited by law from asking for your #Aadhaar number. But any Indian can tell you they’re asked for their number by non-government entities––and those companies have databases too,” he said in the second tweet.

The UIDAI tweet from January 16 read as, “#Aadhaar is an identifier, not a profiling tool. Aadhaar database does not keep any information about bank accounts, shares, mutual funds, property details, health records, family details, religion, caste, education etc. #AadhaarMythBuster.”

Earlier this month, the American whistleblower had lent support to a journalist from The Tribune who exposed a possible breach of data in the biometric identification system by saying that she deserved “an award, not an investigation”.

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  1. Vinod Kumar
    Jan 22, 2018 at 11:57 am
    For all financial accounts and services it is sufficient to block those whose pan cards are not linked to Aadhar number. This is sufficient to remove the corrupt from the system.
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