According to the New York Times, the Indian government has implemented an identification system that will require scans of fingerprints, eyes, and faces for all financial transactions, including food, banking, cell phone plans and state assistance. The program is called Aadhaar, and it will be mandatory for the 1.3 billion people who live in India.
Most of India is already enrolled in the program, with a total of 1.1 billion already using the system. However, most people are obviously signing up under duress, as they have no other ways of accessing basic commerce or financial services.
Over the past several years the government in India has been slowly building the program, setting up residents with IDs while collecting their biometric data. Now, the government is ready to make the program mandatory for nearly every aspect of life.
Adita Jha, a 30-year-old environmental consultant in Delhi who was interviewed by The Times, said that she was forced into the program.
“You almost feel like life is going to stop without an Aadhaar,” she said.
In some cities, parents are not allowed to leave hospitals with newborn children until they are signed up….