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Fundamental conceptual concerns regarding the Aadhaar number as a unique identity based upon biometric digital data and the associated risks for citizens of India

Under the Aadhaar system, all Indian citizens are being allotted a unique twelve-digit identity number by the State upon obtaining biometric data including fingerprint and iris scans and upon submission and verification of certain demographic data including the name, date of birth and residential address. The new identity is different from all previous identity documents …

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Aadhaar as a backdoor to Indian citizenship

3 Aadhaar vulnerabilities that anyone could exploit

The ongoing denial of UIDAI and the government of Aadhaar vulnerabilities remains a concern. Many people don’t understand how Aadhaar could be a problem. There are many and documented ways where the integrity of Aadhaar data is already rendered questionable, but here are some ways that anyone could pull off with some effort. For the …

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Many questions for Aadhaar critics. Some replies to the Aadhaar mafia.

While people question govts in a democracy, in India the govt questions anyone questioning unaccountable govt actions. And supporters think that while India was a democracy under UPA, under Modi it has become some kind of Hindu Empire and questioning the king means “off with their heads” sort of thing. For some reason, Ritesh Dwivedy confused …

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Protest by NFIW and Right to Food Campaign against making Aadhaar mandatory for mid-day meal

Unlawful to make Aadhaar mandatory

Recently, I attempted a tweetstorm on why I think the 2016 Aadhaar Act does not override, or render useless, the orders passed in Oct 2015 by the Supreme Court. I argued that all of the recent notifications by various central government authorities making Aadhaar mandatory to avail the respective service of those authorities, are in …

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Aadhaar as a backdoor to Indian citizenship

Problems with Aadhaar card – it can provide utility or security, not both

Guest post by @St_Hill examines some problems in the use of Aadhaar where the use of the UIDAI authentication goes beyond what it was designed for and compromises the privacy or security or both of users. However, stopping use that compromises security would mean much reduced adoption of Aadhaar. Most debates around UIDAI and Aadhaar …

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