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A study by the Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology, a think tank affiliated with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), has raised questions about the security of the country’s Aadhaar biometric identity system.

The released paper focuses on the adoption of biometrics in India and the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), but it also takes a look at the costs and benefits of Aadhaar.

“Aadhaar faces a number of challenges over the short and long-term,” the paper read. “The primary challenge is to protect the data from prying and excessive profit seeking excess of the business world.

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According to the paper, the UIDAI faces the need to enhance their cyber security, particularly in light of the rise of biometrics and its implications in the different banking and government programmes being launched. Aadhaar represents a single, all-encompassing target for criminals, and a compromising breach may have irreparable repercussions in the functioning of Indian business and administration in a few years down the line.

The paper calls for tighter control over the security measures in Aadhaar, and points out that despite the seemingly pragmatic potential of the system, the over-reliance on it may backfire, with security being one of the threat vectors.

by Henry Vilar
Henry is Junior Reporter at IBS Intelligence, follow him on Twitter or contact him at: henryv@ibsintelligence.com