Manav Kataria's Blog

National UID Project – Status, Questions & Concerns

Project Summary:
http://wikileaks.org/wiki/Nilekani_unique_card_project_bill_is_Rs_3,000_crore

Implementation: Phase One – 100Million UIDs
Timeline: December 2010  – March 2010

Pilot State Chosen – Karnataka

Three Pilot tests completed by June 2010. Quoting Deccan Herald

About 20 sets of gadgets comprising a two-mega pixel web camera to capture image of the person, slab finger scanner to record the finger prints, single finger scanners, iris camera are being used. The whole process takes about five minutes or even less than that. The details are being collected across 14 centres in Mysore

Queries and Concerns

  • Technical Security
    How do they ensure protection and manipulation of information once it is stored in their repository? What threat does it pose to the nation if their database gets leaked or hacked?
  • Information Validation
    How do they ensure validation of information at the time of storage into the database? What if the information was manipulated at source?
  • Paperless ID Verification
    If a (secondary) purpose is to avoid the hassle of providing identity support documents, it may not be a bad idea to provide address details to the organization as well. Kinda like a directory service with access control options.
    Otherwise, the residents would still have to submit documents of address proof -and we’re back to square one?!
  • Authentication
    “The authority will not issue any cards” — How do they authenticate my identity otherwise?

Official Project Document:
Creating a Unique Identity Number for Every Resident in India — UDAI Working Paper -Version 1.1

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