india’s developing biometrics mess

today’s ET carries a story that i had written a while ago. essentially, a rising number of government agencies and private companies are moving around collecting fingerprints and iris scans. you always had the UIDAI and NPR. now, you also have different states’ PDS departments, NREGS, banks and their banking correspondent companies, post offices, pension departments, other departments handling scholarships, etc. the story takes a look at the reasons why myriad departments are collecting their own biometrics. and flags concerns about the safety and security of this data.

You might also want to see this column I had written earlier about privacy in an age of biometrics.