UID Concerns Persist
BIOMETRICS—INDIAJanuary 12, 2012
The Times of India reports that activists and experts are echoing the recommendations of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) objecting to the Unique Identification (UID) project. "It violates citizens' basic and constitutional right to privacy because collecting biometric information of an individual was limited to criminals," said Gopal Krishna of Citizens Forum for Civil Liberties. The report also references concerns from a biometrics expert on how such information is "vulnerable to exploitation." And Sunil Abraham of the Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore, has raised concerns about the lack of privacy laws, noting, "The UID project was allowed to march on without any protection being put in place."