In­dia top court up­holds largest bio­met­ric scheme

Panay News - - WORLD / SPORTS -

NEW DELHI – In­dia’s Supreme Court has ruled that the coun­try’s con­tro­ver­sial bio­met­ric iden­tity scheme is con­sti­tu­tional and does not vi­o­late the right to pri­vacy.

How­ever the court lim­ited the scope of the Aad­haar scheme, say­ing it could not be com­pul­sory for bank ac­counts, mo­bile con­nec­tions or school ad­mis­sions.

The world’s largest bio­met­ric ID data­base cov­ers wel­fare and tax pay­ments and ac­cess to so­cial ser­vices. More than a bil­lion In­di­ans have al­ready been en­rolled. They re­ceived a unique 12-digit iden­ti­fi­ca­tion num­ber af­ter sub­mit­ting their fin­ger­prints and retina scans.

About 30 pe­ti­tion­ers went to court to ar­gue that the scheme in­fringed In­di­ans’ pri­vacy. ( BBC)

AFP

An In­dian woman get­ting her fin­ger­prints read dur­ing the regis­tra­tion process for Aad­haar cards.

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