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India’s Future Aadhaar Objectives Clash with Google, Microsoft, and Apple Over Encryption

by Dimitrios Pavlakis | 4Q 2016 | IN-4321

The UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) has crafted one of the most ambitious biometric projects to date, registering fingerprint, iris, and demographic data along with a 12-digit citizen identity number (also referred to as the Aadhaar project) for its citizens. The project is expected to include biometric data of over 1.1 billion citizens by the end of 2016, while it has boosted the biometrics revenue in the region by US$970 million—a number that is expected to cross the $1.2 billion mark by 2017. For the past year, the Indian government is experimenting with novel applications for the project geared mostly towards banking and consumer applications. The latest experiment? Convince the tech giants to unlock their OS for the UIDAI. In this instance, it is neither easier said nor done.

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