As I write this, government workers in India are undertaking the largest biometric data collection and assignment of unique ID numbers in history. 1.2 billion people are getting iris scanned and fingerprinted. I first talked about this on my radio show over a year ago, when I interviewed one of the leading Indian opponents of the UID (Unique ID) scheme. I'm glad the mainstream press has finally picked it up!

Of course, U.S. biometrics giant L-1 and President Obama are involved. For more on the topic of creepy government data-collection initiatives, here's another radio show I did on these themes. (See Hour 1).

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  • dM Buteau
    3 years, 8 months ago - Reply - Link

    I was aware of this some time ago. I used a SecurityID news clip and could fill in the blanks with what I learned from SPYCHIPS. My project was about RFID Technology and the Societal Impact. Very scary stuff and unfortunately people needs to be very aware of this because I believe it is coming no matter what we may do to stand in the way! Thank you for the info!!

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  • Nikola
    3 years, 8 months ago - Reply - Link

    Very, very creepy.
    And don't you love the way these news reports are made? It's always the same structure - "there is a massive data collection program going on/but some privacy advocates are opposing it/oh, but it will bring such benefits, they're overreacting".
    And of course the part with the privacy concerns is sandwiched between the claims about how great it is, because they know perfectly well that people remember the beginning and end the best and not the middle, this is just how the human brain works.

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  • Mackenzie Caloprato
    3 years, 7 months ago - Reply - Link

    Ever noticed how Google and Facebook customize ads for you based on the data they have about you Creepy.

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