Thursday, October 13

India’s Aadhar Database Is Trying To Get Hold Of The Very Last Bit Of Indian Citizens‘ Privacy And Many US Tech Companies Are Also Trying To Reap Benefits From It

The privacy of the general human beings is constantly under threat; government is breaching some of it, some by tech companies like Google and the rest of it is also about to be drowned soon if necessary steps for prevention are not taken as quickly as possible.

Another such invader in the already long list is India’s Aadhar system. It provides an insight into the quest of controlling the lives of human beings through the use of technology. It is being covered under the cloak of goodness, which means that it will have most people’s acceptance without much of a fuss.

What most people are not aware of is that, for the past nine years, US companies are trying to create the most intrusive surveillance system of the citizens, and the magnitude at which it is happening has never been experienced before.

Aadhar requires the iris scans, fingerprints and photo of an individual which means that the database which it is creating is nothing short of treasure for US tech companies. And the constant fear of it being hackable has made it a difficult topic to discuss about.

When most companies like Amazon, Microsoft and Google, etc. were asked about their views on this system, none of them had any proper answer barring Google. What most people do not know is that this idea first surfaced in the USA after the attacks of 2001 and was brought into India by the eminent figure, Nandan Nilekani.

Most companies are today asking for Aadhar verification from the customers. And the customers, since they need them, are bound to oblige. Companies like Paytm made it mandatory for Aadhar verification. They even sent people for hard copy verification of the same. Even banks like SBI, without any proper order from RBI, asked people to get their Aadhar verified.

Aadhar has become a threat to privacy of 1.3 billion Indian people. There has been constant debates about the use of it in the system and Supreme Court is supposed to hear 27 petitions on the same subject which may provide light to the path that is about to follow.