Bill Gates defends India's Aadhar scheme, again
Gates has said that the scheme does not pose any privacy issues. In an additional vote of confidence, he has also provided funding for
Gate’s remarks echo similar sentiments expressed in November 2017, when he said that he didn’t called Aadhar a “12-digit lie detector” and said that it didn’t intrude on people’s
The Aadhar scheme has received a lot of backlash in recent years over security breaches, data leaks, its potential for mass surveillance and the fact that it requires the accumulation of several details of a person in a central database. There have also been fundamental concerns regarding the release of personal information to government agencies.
In response, the government has consistently downplayed these concerns and cited the scheme as a tool for empowerment and the distribution of benefits. In July last year, K.K. Venugopal, the Attorney General representing the central government, said that privacy could not be considered a fundamental right. The
The matter is still ongoing in the Supreme Court, and is said to be in its final stages. In the meantime, the linking of Aadhar details with mobile phones and provident fund accounts has been suspended, although the RBI still made it mandatory for opening a bank account, subject to the Supreme Court’s ruling.
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