India’s Aadhaar project which aims to give 1.2 billion people a unique online verifiable identification number has had its cheer leaders and critics. We’ve covered both sides of the story on NextBigWhat from time to time. Most recently, the Supreme Court ruled that Aadhaar cards are not mandatory for people to avail subsidies. This was followed by a hasty cabinet approval for the National Identification Authority of India Bill which will now be tabled in the Winter session of the Rajya Sabha. Independent law researcher and a Magsasay Award winner, Usha Ramanathan has been a fierce critic of the project. She raises issues relating to security, privacy, surveillance, ownership of data and many other questions which haven’t been satisfactorily answered by the Government. Last week in Bangalore, the Environmental Support Group organized a talk by her. In this video, she talks us through all that is wrong with Aadhaar. Take a look.
Usha Ramanathan on UID