1. Aadhaar card based e-gates at airports in India soon to make travel seamless

Aadhaar card based e-gates at airports in India soon to make travel seamless

The Ministry of Civil Aviation is planning to make passengers' entry in all major airports across the country a bit easier.

By: | New Delhi | Published: December 15, 2017 11:55 AM
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The Ministry of Civil Aviation is planning to make passengers’ entry in all major airports across the country a bit easier. As per a top government official, the ministry has decided to use Aadhaar card as digital identity required for paperless entry in airports. It is expected to install e-gates to permit Aaadhar card-based travel from 2018. As of now, air passengers in the country are needed to show printed or mobile tickets and a government identity card. After the new system is introduced, entry in airports would be based on biometrics, livemint.com reported.

Civil Aviation secretary Rajiv Nayan Choubey said in an interview that the ministry is likely to create template document needed for introducing an Aadhaar-based system at airports by the end of January, which will also be approved by security agencies. Once the process is complete, airports in the country will be permitted to adopt biometric readers and other technology vendors to introduce the system. He also said that a database that talks freely between airports, airlines and Aadhaar authorities—is already being looked into, he further said.

Earlier in October, aviation security agency Bureau of Civil Aviation and Security (BCAS) had said in a statement that Mobile Aadhaar could be used as an identity proof to enter airports, while identification documents for minors accompanied by parents would not be required. It further said that passengers at the airport would have to produce any of the 10 ID proofs, which include voter ID card, passport, PAN card, Aadhaar or m-Aadhaar, and driving license.

It also said that passbooks issued by a nationalised bank, pension card, disability photo identification and service photo ID card of central/state government, PSU, local bodies and private limited company would be accepted as well. While differently-abled air passengers would required to produce a disability photo ID or a medical certificate, students also have the option to furnish a photo identity card issued by a government institute.

“In order to ensure that a bonafide passenger is travelling on a valid ticket issued in his/her name as well as to avoid any controversy/argument with the security staff, any of the following photo identity documents can be carried in original”, BCAS circular had said on October 26.

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  1. R
    Reader
    Dec 15, 2017 at 5:15 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, the dangers of such a centralized database being hacked, and the unreliability of such large-scale biometric verification processes. The Aadhaar program was designed in 2009 by mainly considering the 'Identi-ty Cards Act 2006' of UK, but the UK stopped that project in 2010, whereas India continued with the biometrics-based program. We must think why the United Kingdom abandoned their project and destroyed the data collected. (Google: 'Identi-ty Cards Act 2006' and 'Identi-ty Documents Act 2010' )
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    1. R
      Reader
      Dec 15, 2017 at 5:15 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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      1. R
        Reader
        Dec 15, 2017 at 5:15 pm
        The biometrics-based Aadhaar program is inherently flawed. Biometrics can be easily lifted by external means, there is no need to hack the system. 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. That is why advanced countries like the US, UK, etc. did not implement such a self-destructive biometrics-based system. If the biometric details of a person are COMPROMISED ONCE, then even a new Aadhaar card will not help that person. This is NOT like blocking an ATM card and taking a new one. 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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