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UIDAI Chairman Defends Plan

BIOMETRICS—INDIA

February 15, 2012

In an interview with Business Today, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) Chairman Nandan Nilekani discusses concerns surrounding India's unique ID program. UIDAI will assign each citizen a unique identifying number, but legal experts and advocates have said the plan doesn't provide enough privacy safeguards. However, Nilekani says that privacy is "something you trade for convenience" and that once people understand the plan's convenience, "they will understand what they are giving up is very trivial." Though biometrics are collected, the data is anonymized, not shared with private companies and no one has access to it, Nilekani says.
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