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Chairman: Unique ID Doesn't Jeopardize Privacy

PRIVACY LAW—INDIA

March 2, 2011

The project that will give each Indian citizen a unique identifier will not put people's security and privacy rights at risk, says the Unique Identification Authority of India's chairman. Nandan Nilekani said in a recent lecture that the number will be used to identify people for bank loans and other systems, reports The Economic Times. Nilekani said the government is looking to enact a data security law to "iron out any privacy issues," but added that third parties would not have access to the project's database and that the information associated with the unique 12-digit number will be limited.
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