1. Indian Railways permits m-Aadhar as ID proof for travellers

Indian Railways permits m-Aadhar as ID proof for travellers

The Ministry of Railways said today it has decided to allow m-Aadhar, a digital version of the Aadhar card, as proof of identity for travellers in any reserved class.

By: | New Delhi | Published: September 13, 2017 6:15 PM
indian railways, m-aadhar, indian railways aadhar, rail travel, indian railways travel, aadhar mandatory, india news The Ministry of Railways said today it has decided to allow m-Aadhar, a digital version of the Aadhar card, as proof of identity for travellers in any reserved class. (PTI/AP)

The Ministry of Railways said today it has decided to allow m-Aadhar, a digital version of the Aadhar card, as proof of identity for travellers in any reserved class. The m-Aadhar is a mobile app launched by the Unique Identification Authority of India on which a person can download his/her Aadhaar card. It can, however, be downloaded only on the mobile number to which Aadhar has been linked.

To show Aadhar, a passenger has to open the app and enter his/her password. “m- Aadhar when shown by the passenger on his/her mobile after entering the password should be accepted as a proof of identity for undertaking journey in any reserved class over Indian Railways,” the ministry said in a statement.

  1. R
    Reader
    Sep 17, 2017 at 7:45 am
    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
      Sep 17, 2017 at 7:44 am
      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.
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      1. R
        Reader
        Sep 17, 2017 at 7:44 am
        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. A centralized and interlinked database can lead to commercial abuse. 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.
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