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India top court upholds world’s largest biometric scheme – named Aadhaar

  • 26 September 2018 – BBC NEWS
An Indian woman poses with new 2000 rupee notes, her Aadhaar ID card and a finger inked with indelible ink after exchanging withdrawn 500 and 1000 rupee banknotes at a bank in Chennai on November 17, 2016GETTY IMAGES
Image caption – Indians will need the identity number to receive benefits from more than 500 welfare schemes

Aadhaar: India top court upholds world’s largest biometric scheme

India’s Supreme Court has ruled that the country’s controversial biometric identity scheme is constitutional and does not violate the right to privacy.

However the court limited the scope of the Aadhaar scheme, saying it could not be compulsory for bank accounts, mobile connections or school admissions.

The world’s largest biometric ID database covers welfare and tax payments and access to social services.

More than a billion Indians have already been enrolled.

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