India’s Biometric Project Gives Identity to Life.

The next time you’re in what you think is a long queue, spare a thought for the Indian government. As Wired reports,   last September, the govenment launched Aadhaar, India’s Unique Identification project. A task of monumental proportions, the projects aims to “issue identification numbers linked to the fingerprints and iris scans of every single person in India.”  With a population of more than 1.2 billion people, this is the most ambitious and difficult biometrics project to date. The next nearest database in size and scope is the Department of Homeland Security, which holds fingerprints and photos of 129 million people. Funded by billionaire Nandan Nilekani, the agency expects to be signing up 1 millions Indians a day, by the end of 2011.

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