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Biometric project works to take biometrics from millions of Indians

Published: 19 August 2012

A huge project in Indian seeks to give millions of Indians official identities by recording their biometrics.

Millions of people in Indian do not have official identities.  This often means that they have no records, and some do not even know their own ages.  This presents many practical challenges - for instance many peopel do no have a bank account, which means they don't earn interest on their savings and the banks have no money to lend out to help businesses get off the ground.

Now the Indian government has launched a project, called Aadhaar, to try and gather fingerprints and iris scans and link them to an ID number.  This scheme will offer benefits to both individuals and to organisations with which they may interact.

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