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Nilekani: Privacy Protections in Place for UID


March 2, 2010

The Indian government has allocated Rs.19 billion for the Unique ID Number (UID) program scheduled to roll out in late 2010, and according to Nandan Nilekani, chairperson of the Unique Identification Authority, citizens' privacy concerns are being addressed, reports the Economic Times. According to the report, the program is aimed at establishing citizenship, addressing security and identity-related issues and preventing leakages in different government schemes. Some legal experts have expressed concerns about leaks and misuse of personal information inherent in a centralised database of this kind, but "We are making all efforts technically and legally to see privacy is protected," says Nilekani.
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