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Cashless Society: India Implements First Biometric ID Program for all of its 1.2 Billion Residents

January 15, 2012 Leave a comment

Revelation 13:16-17, “Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name.”

“India has launched an ambitious program to fit each of its 1.2 billion residents with an Unique identification number (UID). Each number will be tied into three pieces of biometric data: fingerprints (all ten digits), iris scans (both eyes), and a picture of the face. Starting this month, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) will begin processing people in various locations around the country. UIDAI aims to slowly roll out the program through February of 2011 and to ID 600 million people in the next four years!” (See India Launches Universal ID System with Biometrics.)

I knew it was technologically possible, but I didn’t believe it made economic sense for a country like India to do this. Yet, here they are taking the lead in this. The entire Indian population, representing about one-sixth of the world’s population, will soon be identified by hand (fingerprints) and face (both eyes and picture of the face), and all business transactions (i.e. social services, banking, licensing, etc.) will be conducted using this UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India). No need for credit cards, checkbooks, driver’s licenses, or any other type of ID. Just go up to the teller (or any authority requesting your ID) and put your hand or face to an optical scan and you’re done. Fast. Convenient. Secure. And so Orwellian.

Other sources: Unique Identification Authority of India–Planning Commission, Government of IndiaCashless Society: India Implements First Biometric ID Program for all of its 1.2 Billion Residents

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