The United States State Department has made inquires to India’s government regarding their Unique Identification (UID) project that intends to see each citizen of the country given a unique identification number that corresponds to the individual via biometric data, according to an article from The Hindu.
Among the information the State Department is searching for via the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi is the name, model, and version of devices being used in the collection India’s citizens’ biometric data.
The agency want to know how Inida is eliminating fraudulent ID numbers obtained by members of terrorist organizations during the enrollment process as well as what plans India has for utilizing the IDs once the collection of data and dispersing of ID numbers has been completed. Specifically, the State Department wants to know the country’s plans for utilizing the ID numbers for purposes such as issuing passports and checking identities at borders and ports of entry.
Additionally, inquiries were made into what the Indian Government was doing to prevent fraud within the program. Among the interests were whether or not the UID program was being designed to meet standards from the International Civil Aviation Organization, an agency made up of 190 contracting states form the United Nations, or if those behind the program were intentionally trying to spoof the system in an effort to find vulnerabilities.
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