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Blog Entry FAQ on the Aadhaar Project and the Bill
by Elonnai Hickok, Vanya Rakesh, and Vipul Kharbanda published Apr 13, 2016 last modified Apr 13, 2016 02:06 PM — filed under: , , , , , , ,
This FAQ attempts to address the key questions regarding the Aadhaar/UIDAI project and the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill, 2016 (henceforth, Bill). This is neither a comprehensive list of questions, nor does it contain fully developed answers. We will continue to add questions to this list, and edit/expand the answers, based on our ongoing research. We will be grateful to receive your comments, criticisms, evidences, edits, suggestions for new answers, and any other responses. These can either be shared as comments in the document hosted on Google Drive, or via tweets sent to the information policy team at @CIS_InfoPolicy.
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Blog Entry Fixing Aadhaar: Security developers' task is to trim chances of data breach
by Sunil Abraham published Jan 10, 2018 last modified Jan 10, 2018 04:47 PM — filed under: , ,
The task before a security developer is not only to reduce the probability of identity breach but to eliminate certain occurrences.
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Blog Entry Flaws in the UIDAI Process
by Hans Varghese Mathews published Mar 06, 2016 last modified Mar 06, 2016 10:40 AM — filed under: , , , , ,
The accuracy of biometric identification depends on the chance of a false positive: the probability that the identifiers of two persons will match. Individuals whose identifiers match might be termed duplicands. When very many people are to be identified success can be measured by the (low) proportion of duplicands. The Government of India is engaged upon biometrically identifying the entire population of India. An experiment performed at an early stage of the programme has allowed us to estimate the chance of a false positive: and from that to estimate the proportion of duplicands. For the current population of 1.2 billion the expected proportion of duplicands is 1/121, a ratio which is far too high.
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Forget privacy, Aadhaar Bill gives too much power to the executive
by Prasad Krishna published Mar 17, 2016 — filed under: , ,
The government promotes the Aadhaar programme because it believes the 12-digit unique identification number will let them track every penny spent from the exchequer. But money is not all that the Aadhaar number can track.
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Free Net advocates flay Trai's public Wi-Fi paper
by Prasad Krishna published Nov 20, 2016 — filed under: , ,
Stakeholders vouching for a cheap and open Internet have flagged concerns over privacy and regulatory hurdles.
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From 1 March, only registered devices to be used to authenticate Aadhaar
by Admin published Feb 24, 2018 — filed under: , ,
UIDAI directive to Aadhaar authentication agencies aims to avoid putting citizens’ biometric data at risk
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Get an Aadhaar card if you don't have one
by Prasad Krishna published Apr 04, 2017 — filed under: , ,
The Aadhaar number has been made compulsory for filing tax return. With both the government and private parties insisting on it for various activities despite the Supreme Court's assertion that is not mandatory, you need to get one at the earliest.
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Blog Entry Glaring Errors in UIDAI's Rebuttal
by Pranesh Prakash published Sep 18, 2016 last modified Sep 18, 2016 03:22 AM — filed under: , , ,
This response note by Pranesh Prakash questions Unique Identification Authority of India’s reply to Hans Verghese Mathews' article titled “Flaws in the UIDAI Process” (EPW, March 12, 2016), which found “serious mathematical errors” in the article.
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Govt may have made 135 million Aadhaar numbers public: CIS report
by Prasad Krishna published May 03, 2017 — filed under: , ,
CIS report says Aadhaar numbers leaked through government databases could be 100-135 million and bank accounts numbers leaked about 100 million.
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Govt narrative on Aadhaar has not changed in the last six years: Sunil Abraham
by Prasad Krishna published Mar 16, 2016 — filed under: , ,
The bill is basically the same as the UPA version, with some cosmetic changes, and some tokenism towards the right to privacy, says Abraham.
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