INDIA: NOT UNLIKE FACEBOOK, WILL ‘AADHAR’ PROVE A BOON OR A CURSE?

YOUSEF AL HOMAIDHI WRITES — Aadhar is an ambitious project started by the Government of India which functions under the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) and came into existence in 2009. Aadhar is a 12-digit unique identification number that is given to each and every citizen by UIDAI. It contains basic, demographic information on Indian citizens. It also contains biometric details of each person, such as fingerprints and iris scans. Recently, India made it mandatory to link Aadhar with telephone connections, booking of railways tickets, income tax filing and significant cash transactions in banks, all of which have...

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