Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

 

What Aadhaar collects: Fears of a surveillance state are overblown

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Claims, insinuations and even jokes have done the rounds on print and social media about how the Aadhaar system could lead to a surveillance state. There are worries that unsuspecting Aadhaar carrying residents will be closely tracked by the government while they authenticate themselves as they pay for their pizza or buy rice at a ration shop. We need to understand what data Aadhaar collects and more importantly what it doesn’t, to determine whether the above dystopian scenarios are likely or even possible. Aadhaar does only two things. First, enrolment,Read More