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What Can the US Learn from the World's Largest Biometric ID System? (FCW)

August 8, 2017

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One of the most ambitious government-backed national biometric identification projects in the world, in terms of breadth and scale, needs to get a better handle on how it is being used, said an initial report by independent researchers.

India's Aadhaar project, which ties biographic data, such as names and addresses or locations, to iris or fingerprint scans, is a huge national effort to get numbers assigned to the country's 1.3 billion residents...

 The program began in 2010 and has been making strides in registering people and collecting biometric data to pair with that data, but the government hasn't been able to get firm, reliable information on how all that data is being used.

U.S. federal agencies should note the project's effort to seamlessly integrate many of India's federal databases, Abraham told FCW in a short interview after a presentation at the Center for Global Development.

One ongoing issue Abraham flagged is the Indian government's lag in keeping "evidence-based" data on how the system is used and by whom. That kind of information is crucial to keeping the massive government-backed IT project rolling effectively, he said.

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