[fosscomm] [OT] Issues with Unique ID

justin joseph justinjoseph007 at gmail.com
Wed Jul 29 01:09:12 PDT 2009


"The UPA government is going ahead with the ID card project, ignoring
criticisms and alternative suggestions. "

On Sun, Jul 26, 2009 at 8:07 PM, V. Sasi Kumar<sasi.fsf at gmail.com> wrote:
> I think the UID thingie has problems that go far beyond questions like
> whether M$ is going to get half the pie.
> 1. Implementing this scheme in a country of India's size is, I think,
> going to be a quite difficult task. Apart from the question of
> technology, there is the big question of collecting the actual data from
> 100 crore plus people. So, it is bound to drag on for some time, and no
> one is going to be much concerned about the time taken. No other country
> of this size has, I think, done that so far (since China, I think, has
> not created UID). We can hope that it will die a natural death.
> 2. We can be pretty certain that the final cost is going to be something
> like ten times the estimated cost. I can quickly think of at least two
> projects in Kerala that have spent an order of magnitude more than they
> were supposed to and are yet to show a drop of success for the money
> they spent. One of them is ICT related. So this can easily run into
> unimaginable figures. And all this to make it possible to give some
> handouts to some poor people. mmm, pretty convincing, I should say.
> 3. Such projects in some countries (like the UK and Australia) have been
> put on hold due to public pressure. Their apprehensions have been loss
> of privacy and possible misuse of the data. These are, as I see, issues
> that are equally valid in a developing country. When is the public going
> to wake up to this and start opposing the scheme? Are we concerned about
> our private data?
> 4. What will happen if some data are stolen from the database and
> misused? And what if that data happens to be about an important or
> influential or wealthy person? Could this not become a reality
> considering the ease with which people can be induced to part with
> information in their possession? Or the database broken into, especially
> if it is done using Gatesware? I think this could get into many
> problems.
> Best
> --
> V. Sasi Kumar
> Free Software Foundation of India
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