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

Sivasubramanian M isolatednet at gmail.com
Tue Dec 5 08:02:24 EST 2017

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

Sivasubramanian M
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>

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
<http://oemm2.airtel.com/r.html?uid=1.bl.27rba.wk.3z5g4qdp08> or *SMS STORE
<Area PIN Code>* to *121*
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