Mamata Banerjee slams Centre for making Aadhaar must for bank accounts

The chief minister also questioned privacy issues linked to Aadhaar and said the Centre must assure the security of citizens before making it mandatory.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: June 17, 2017 1:24 am
Mamata Banerjee and state Assembly Speaker Biman Banerjee at an Iftar party in Kolkata on Friday. (Express Photo by Subham Dutta)

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday expressed strong opposition to the Centre’s move making Aadhaar mandatory for opening bank accounts and conducting financial transactions of Rs 50,000 and above. “The poorest of the poor, the marginalised people will be the worst sufferers if #Aadhaar is made mandatory unilaterally,” Mamata said in a tweet.

The chief minister also questioned privacy issues linked to Aadhaar and said the Centre must assure the security of citizens before making it mandatory, PTI reported. She also asked the central government to not make Aadhaar mandatory before 100 per cent coverage was achieved.

“#Aadhaar has serious issues about privacy. Govt must not make it mandatory before 100% coverage is achieved,” Mamata said. The Trinamool Congress supremo had earlier criticised the Centre’s decision to make Aadhaar cards mandatory for availing the mid-day meal scheme, and had accused it of snatching the rights of the poor.

 

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  1. R
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    Oct 27, 2017 at 8:08 am
    The Supreme Court is yet to take a decision on the validity of Aadhaar and whether the State can compulsorily link Aadhaar to various programs and all financial transactions. The Supreme Court is set to hear peti-tions related to Aadhaar including those for scrapping the Aadhaar Act, stopping biometric profiling, halting bank and mobile databases seeding with Aadhaar, etc. in November 2017.
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    1. R
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      Oct 27, 2017 at 8:07 am
      A centralized and inter-linked biometric database like Aadhaar will lead to profiling and self-censorship, endangering freedom. Personal data gathered under the Aadhaar program is prone to misuse and surveillance. Aadhaar project has created a vulnerability to identi-ty fraud, even identi-ty theft. Easy harvesting of biometrics traits and publicly-available Aadhaar numbers increase the risk of impersonation, especially online and banking fraud. Centralized databases can be hacked. Biometrics can be cloned, copied and reused. Thus, BIOMETRICS CAN BE FAKED. High-resolution cameras can capture your fingerprints and iris information from a distance. Every eye hospital will have iris images of its patients. So another person can clone your fingerprints and iris images without your knowledge, and the same can be used for authentication. If the Aadhaar scheme is NOT STOPPED by the Supreme Court, the biometric features of Indians will soon be cloned, misused, and even traded.
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        Oct 27, 2017 at 8:06 am
        UK’s Biometric ID Database was dismantled. Why the United Kingdom's biometrics-linked National Identi-ty Card project to create a centralized register of sensitive information about residents similar to Aadhaar was scrapped in 2010?? The reasons were the massive threat posed to the privacy of people, the possibility of a surveillance state, the dangers of maintaining such a huge centralized repository of personal information, and the purposes it could be used for, and the dangers of such a centralized database being hacked. The other reasons were the unreliability of such a large-scale biometric verification processes, and the ethics of using biometric identification. (Google: Identi-ty Cards Act 2006 and Identi-ty Documents Act 2010 )
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        1. R
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          Oct 27, 2017 at 8:06 am
          The US Social Security Number (SSN) card has NO BIOMETRIC DETAILS, no photograph, no physical description and no birth date. All it does is confirm that a particular number has been issued to a particular name. Instead, a driving license or state ID card is used as an identification for adults. The US government DOES NOT collect the biometric details of its own citizens for the purpose of issuing Social Security Number. The US collects the fingerprints of only those citizens who are involved in any criminal activity (it has nothing to do with SSN), and the citizens of other countries who come to the US.
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