Big Brother In India Setting Global Biometric Standard?
Will Big Indian Brother Set the Global Biometric Standard for Big Brother?
Privacy and security clash as DHS tests iris scans at the Border Patrol. But Big Brother in India starts iris scans, fingerprinting and facial recognition photos for 1.2 billion residents.
By Ms. Smith
DHS will start iris scans at the Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas, and claims it will destroy all biometric and biographic data at the conclusion of the project to track illegal aliens, ComputerWorld reported. Although this Big Brother biometric type of monitoring sends privacy invasion chills up my spine, it is nothing when compared to the massive and chilling Big Brother biometric scenario kicking off in India this month.
As reported by the government of India, 1.2 billion unique identification numbers (UID) will be given out to India’s residents. The 12-digit unique number, called Aadhaar, will be issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), stored in a centralized database and linked to “basic demographics and biometric information” – a photograph, ten fingerprints and both irises scanned – of each individual. 440 million Indians are below the poverty level and the UID is supposed to improve their situations.
The UIDAI Strategy Overview included the future of electronic transactions for which the need for cash might be eliminated for Indian residents. “Rural residents will be able to transact electronically with each other as well as with individuals and firms outside the village, reducing their dependence on cash.”