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Cabinet Passes Unique ID Project, Privacy Concerns Persist

BIOMETRICS—INDIA

September 28, 2010

The Union Cabinet approved the bill that will assign each citizen a unique identifying number last week, but sidestepped provisions on personal privacy related to profiling and function creep, the Indian Express reports. The drafted National Identification Authority of India Bill includes provisions on abuse of the number and the national database, but does not address concerns outlined in a cabinet committee's previous draft note, according to a senior United Progressive Alliance functionary. Civil liberties advocates have said the legislation does not adequately protect citizens' privacy and leaves room for abuse, particularly provisions which allow for government access to the data in certain situations. One advocate said the bill doesn't prevent minority profiling or protect biometric data.  
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