Aadhaar is the world’s largest biometric citizen database. It is used in India to register everyone with a face, fingerprint, and iris prints, from the age of 5. Younger citizens have to re-register every 5 years due to the constantly shifting nature of their biometric information. Aadhaar is primarily used for social welfare, keeping track of citizens’ proof of life and voting, and has been the target of many a controversy (including a hefty amount of lawsuits) in the past. However, the Indian government shows no indication of slowing down the project and has, in fact, accelerated its progress.
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