India's Aadhaar identity scheme: Challenges ahead

In a landmark judgment last month, the Indian Supreme Court upheld the constitutional validity of Aadhaar, the government's ambitious scheme of giving a unique biometric identity number to all citizens of the country.

The court was ruling on a challenge by privacy advocates who contended that the mandatory requirement of furnishing the Aadhaar number to access virtually all government services and even services provided by private entities such as banks violated their fundamental right to privacy.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 05, 2018, with the headline 'India's Aadhaar identity scheme: Challenges ahead'. Subscribe