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Aadhaar is the identification system for India, similar to Social Security numbers, but with a biometric ID. It started as a voluntary system, but in early 2017 a new law made it essentially mandatory. BuzzFeed tech reporter Pranav Dixit explains:
"Last month, the government passed a finance bill making it mandatory for every Indian who files tax returns to input their Aadhaar number. Asked if the government was forcing citizens to get Aadhaar despite the Supreme Court mandate, finance minister Arun Jaitley replied simply, 'Yes, we are.'
In the future, Indians may be required to use Aadhaar to log on to public Wi-Fi hotspots, buy train tickets, access bank accounts, withdraw pension money, use matrimonial websites, and buy tickets for cricket matches — among other things.
Critics paint a grim picture of India with mandatory Aadhaar: an Orwellian state with every action of every citizen under constant scrutiny at all times."a
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Source : https://www.buzzfeed.com/katienotopoulos/35-times-privacy-was-a-lie-in-2017