A Law to protect Privacy – Hooray for phone tapping!

Why the phone tapping controversy in India is a good thing and how it will help build an appreciation for the importance of privacy in our lives. The UID number should also learn lessons from this

Taking my fingerprints and iris scans by force

Will the government take my fingerprints and iris scans by force? Cause I’m not giving them willingly.

My first Radio Interview! – on the UID number

My first radio interview on the Unique Identity Number (UID) which will be given to all Indians. It focuses on privacy concerns and how it can be abused

Nilekani admits that UID will be used for tracking people

Describes how the government’s real reason for the UID is for tracking Indian citizens. Shows how this was inevitable and how far things can go.

Trying to make the UID palatable to the common man

Exposes false claims that the Indian Unique Identity (UID) Number will check illegal immigrants and gives the real reason for the project – control

Getting your fingerprints by hook or crook for the UID

The Indian Unique Identity Number (UID) is going to take all ten fingerprints from people at all places where identification is required such as banks, passport and driving license offices.

It's started – UID used for tagging and tracking

Showcases how the Indian Government is going to use the Unique Identification Number (UIN) to track and tag children till the age of 14 – including their caste information.

UID and Cellphone Numbers – a benign start?

India’s Unique Identity Number is all set to ride on the country’s large cell phone database which has around 500 million subscribes. It’ll be a challenge to collect the subscriber’s biometric data and prevent duplicates. But most importantly, will it be misused by the government to create a police state as has happened in so many other countries?

Indian Unique National ID will not include Personal Details

There’s some good news and some bad news for those who feel that the Unique Identity number for Indians will be an invasion of their privacy. First the good news. It turns out that the ID will be linked to only four pieces of information namely: Name Address Date of Birth Fingerprints This means that […]

Indian National ID Voluntary – No card at all!

Here’s some great news. Apparently, the Government will not be issuing any National ID card at all, but rather a stand alone number. Even better, it will not be compulsory. So that rules out stopping people on the road and asking them for their card randomly. Image Credit: Elliot Moore This removes the teeth from […]