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Unique ID Project Draws Criticism

BIOMETRICS—INDIA

September 21, 2010

The government of India is undertaking a project to create a citizen database and give a unique identification number to each citizen, Top News Singapore reports. The project will be rolled out within the next four weeks, according to the chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India, and will be based on biometrics and usable anywhere in the country. But critics say the project violates privacy, doesn't have the proper oversight or legal framework and could expose citizens to data theft and abuse.
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