Boring but important: Aadhaar and privacy

Scroll reports on a private company that, even as Parliament debated the Aadhaar bill, advertised its ability to mine your data — and to make it available to anyone, for a price.

Read the story. Then go back and read this bit, slowly. Consider the implications. Weep.

Very little was heard about the interest private companies would have in this information data base. It is not until the 2016 Bill was introduced in Lok Sabha that we were told, expressly, that just about any person or company may draw on the Aadhaar system for its purposes. There are no qualifications or limits on who may use it and why. It depends on the willingness of the Unique Identification Author of India, which is undertaking the project, to let them become a part of the Aadhaar system.