28 Jun Biometric ID Mandated by India Court
An attempt to halt the Indian government from creating the biometric identity card mandatory has been rejected by India’s Supreme Court.
Aadhar is a unique 12-digit number assigned to every resident of India. It is managed by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UDAI). The program began as a means to tackle benefit fraud and was voluntary.
The government insists that Aadhar has curbed corruption, removed fakes, and cut waste. States have also been using it to access welfare schemes and make financial transactions. However, activists argue that forcing citizens to share their biometric data breaches the UN’s Fundamental Right of Privacy.