India’s national ID program may be turning the country into a surveillance state
. 😳 Some 1.2 billion
Indians voluntarily have a 12 digit government-issued unique identifier - but it’s getting increasingly difficult to get around without one
(for example, needing one to file a tax return.) Chilling:
In March 2016, India’s parliament passed legislation giving federal agencies access to the entire Aadhaar database — all billion-plus names, fingerprints, irises, mobile numbers, addresses, and photographs — in the interest of “national security.” In February, the UIDAI was accused of trying to silence critics by filing a police complaint against a writer who wrote about the project’s data security vulnerabilities. And in March, the agency filed a criminal complaint against a television journalist who aired a segment showing how he was able to use a fake name along with his real one to get two different Aadhaar numbers.
Swedish startup hub Epicenter has started implanting workers with microchips
to replace cash cards and ID passes
. This, of course, raises numerous privacy and security issues
: “the big question remains of what happens to [the collected data], who uses it, and for what purpose
Google outlined research on collaborative machine learning
to improve suggestions in its Gboard keyboard. 💭 They claim the new feature will improve privacy
- as all the training data is kept on the device rather than in the cloud. Interesting.