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  1. Aadhaar-mobile link aimed at convenience: Manoj Sinha on Mamata Banerjee’s charges

Aadhaar-mobile link aimed at convenience: Manoj Sinha on Mamata Banerjee’s charges

The Centre today rejected West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's charges on linking of mobile phone numbers with Aadhaar, saying the scheme is not aimed at shutting anyone's cell phone but to ensure common man gets the communication device easily.

By: | New Delhi | Published: October 26, 2017 12:14 AM
Mamata Banerjee, Aadhaar mobile link, Manoj Sinha, West Bengal Chief Minister, Telecom Minister, linking of mobile numbers with aadhaar I think she is aware of the law of the land and its constitution,” Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said. (PTI)

The Centre today rejected West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s charges on linking of mobile phone numbers with Aadhaar, saying the scheme is not aimed at shutting anyone’s cell phone but to ensure common man gets the communication device easily. “I think she is aware of the law of the land and its constitution,” Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said. “This (linking scheme and its simplification) has not been brought to shut anyone’s mobile phone. It is to ensure that mobile is made available to masses easily.”

He was replying to a specific question on West Bengal Chief Minister’s opposition to the linking scheme.
Earlier in the day, Banerjee accused the Centre of “interfering in people’s rights and privacy” by unleashing an “autocratic rule” and opposed linking of mobile phone numbers with the biometric identification number. The deadline for linking mobile phone numbers with Aadhaar is February 6, 2018.

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    DP
    Oct 26, 2017 at 6:13 pm
    These crooks keep fooling the people /
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      augustus
      Oct 26, 2017 at 7:50 am
      If only for convenience then people should not be forced to link. Besides other valid documents should be fine too. Can't figure out the desperation! Particularly when there is no such insistence to link AADHAR to the Voter ID!!!
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        Madarchod editor
        Oct 26, 2017 at 7:42 am
        Yes mr Sinha and it is for common citizens not for pros utes like Mamata.Editor dont publish.This is for you only.Convey this to all pros utes including Mamata because Sonia’s whereabouts are not known.
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          Reader
          Oct 26, 2017 at 5:50 am
          The Supreme Court is yet to take a decision on the validity of Aadhaar and whether the State can compulsorily link Aadhaar to various programs and all financial transactions. The Supreme Court is set to hear peti-tions related to Aadhaar including those for scrapping the Aadhaar Act, stopping biometric profiling, halting bank and mobile databases seeding with Aadhaar, etc. in November 2017.
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            Reader
            Oct 26, 2017 at 5:50 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. 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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              Reader
              Oct 26, 2017 at 5:49 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. (Google: Identi-ty Cards Act 2006 and Identi-ty Documents Act 2010 )
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                Reader
                Oct 26, 2017 at 5:49 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 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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