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Frontline: It Failed in the UK; Will It Work in India?

BIOMETRICS—UK & INDIA

November 16, 2011

India's Unique Identification project (UID) will assign every citizen a unique 12-digit identifying number linked to their biometric and demographic information. The project has generated concerns around the scheme's privacy safeguards. The UK planned to implement a biometric identification program in 2004, but concerns were raised about "a potential danger to the public interest and to the legal rights of individuals," among others, and the plan was halted in 2010. In this Frontline report, Edgar Whitley, research coordinator of the London School of Economics Identity Project, discusses why certain biometric identification plans failed.  
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