[bestbits] [Chapter-delegates] Privacy : Why are private business operators empowered to insist on biometrics?

Judith Hellerstein judith at jhellerstein.com
Tue Dec 5 08:10:50 EST 2017

I can understand why they need your ID cards for verification but biometrics is a bit overboard 


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> On Dec 5, 2017, at 8:02 AM, Sivasubramanian M <isolatednet at gmail.com> wrote:
> Might be happening everywhere. In this instance, Airtel, one of India's Telecom operators requires all subscribers to bring their National Id cards to their premises and present biometrics to them for 'verification'.  Where is this leading to ? (See the image in the forwarded mail below that says, "visit the nearest Airtel store with your Id (Aadhar), give your fingerprints)
> Sivasubramanian M
> President
> Internet Society India Chennai.
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: "Airtel" <impinfo at mailer.airtel.com>
> Date: Dec 5, 2017 6:00 PM
> Subject: Important- Verify your Airtel Mobile with Aadhaar!
> To: <isolatednet at gmail.com>
> Cc: 
> As per the directive from Govt. of India, it is mandatory to verify your mobile number with Aadhaar before 6-Feb-2018. Please follow below mentioned steps to complete the verification for your Airtel Mobile 9952403099.
> 	Visit the nearest Airtel Store
> 	Share Aadhaar number with our executive to update
> 	Give your fingerprints for biometric verification
> 	Confirm the OTP sent on your number
> 	Done! Your Aadhaar is linked
> For Airtel Store details, click www.airtel.in/store or SMS STORE <Area PIN Code> to 121
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