1. Aadhaar card: After dire warnings, this is what experts want Narendra Modi government to do

Aadhaar card: After dire warnings, this is what experts want Narendra Modi government to do

The Narendra Modi government has been pitching for making Aadhaar card an integral part of the digital ecosystem in the country that touches almost every aspect of the life of the citizens when it comes to public dealings. In case of subsidies, Centre has cited that it would reduce its overall burden by making targeted delivery of these benefits.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: October 17, 2017 12:42 PM
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The Narendra Modi government has been pitching for making Aadhaar card an integral part of the digital ecosystem in the country that touches almost every aspect of the life of the citizens when it comes to public dealings. In case of subsidies, Centre has cited that it would reduce its overall burden by making targeted delivery of these benefits. However, experts and analyst say that implementation of Aadhaar needs extra cautious approach. The central government needs to put in place a number of safeguards, according to Indian Express report. Notably, the central government is set to implement Aadhaar as an authentication mechanism for 135 schemes, the report says. Since Aadhaar has started playing a pivotal role, the safeguards suggested by experts are crucial. These safeguards are robust data security system, a grievance redressal mechanism. Apart from these, the government needs to ensure that there is no basis for exclusion of any of the beneficiaries. A five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court is set to hear a batch of petitions on Aadhaar-related matters in November.

So far schemes or services for which Aadhaar number, authentication or enrolment is required are linking of Aadhaar with mobile number, linking of Aadhaar with PAN card, Central Sector Scholarship Scheme for College and University Students, opening of post office accounts, opening of National Savings Certificate, opening of Public Provident Fund, opening of Kisan Vikas Patra, Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, Employees’ Pension Scheme, availing crop insurance under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana and to receive benefits under Incentive Scheme for providing employment to Persons with Disabilities in the Private Sector, IE reported

On August 30, the UIDAI had rejected charges that foreign firms were accessing sensitive data, saying no Aadhaar information has ever been stored or processed outside its own data centre and resides only within its fully-secured servers. “Aadhaar data is fully safe and secure and has robust uncompromised security. The UIDAI data centre is an infrastructure of critical importance and is protected accordingly with high technology, conforming to the best standards of security,” the UIDAI had said in a statement.

  1. R
    Reader
    Oct 17, 2017 at 1:50 pm
    A centralized and inter-linked biometric database like Aadhaar will lead to profiling and self-censorship, endangering freedom. Personal data gathered under the Aadhaar program is prone to misuse and surveillance. Aadhaar project has created a vulnerability to identi-ty fraud, even identi-ty theft. Easy harvesting of biometrics traits and publicly-available Aadhaar numbers increase the risk of impersonation, especially online and banking fraud. Centralized databases can be hacked. Biometrics can be cloned, copied and reused. Thus, BIOMETRICS CAN BE FAKED. High-resolution cameras can capture your fingerprints and iris information from a distance. Every eye hospital will have iris images of its patients. So another person can clone your fingerprints and iris images without your knowledge, and the same can be used for authentication. If the Aadhaar scheme is NOT STOPPED by the Supreme Court, the biometric features of Indians will soon be cloned, misused, and even traded.
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    1. R
      Reader
      Oct 17, 2017 at 1:50 pm
      UK’s Biometric ID Database was dismantled. Why the United Kingdom's biometrics-linked National Identi-ty Card project to create a centralized register of sensitive information about residents similar to Aadhaar was scrapped in 2010?? The reasons were the massive threat posed to the privacy of people, the possibility of a surveillance state, the dangers of maintaining such a huge centralized repository of personal information, and the purposes it could be used for, and the dangers of such a centralized database being hacked. The other reasons were the unreliability of such a large-scale biometric verification processes, and the ethics of using biometric identification.
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      1. R
        Reader
        Oct 17, 2017 at 1:50 pm
        The US Social Security Number (SSN) card has NO BIOMETRIC DETAILS, no photograph, no physical description and no birth date. All it does is confirm that a particular number has been issued to a particular name. Instead, a driving license or state ID card is used as an identification for adults. The US government DOES NOT collect the biometric details of its own citizens for the purpose of issuing Social Security Number. The US collects the fingerprints of only those citizens who are involved in any criminal activity (it has nothing to do with SSN), and the citizens of other countries who come to the US.
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