Linking Aadhaar Card With Various Services Must Be Criminalised – Says Snowden

American whistleblower-in-exile Edward Snowden raised demands against linking of Aadhaar Card to various services, claiming that mandatory ‘linking action must be criminalised’. He tweeted this while quoting an online article authored by former head of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) K C Verma.
“Rarely do former intel chiefs and I agree, but the head of India’s RAW writes #Aadhaar is being abused by banks, telcos, and transport not to police entitlements, but as a proxy for identity-an improper gate to service. Such demands must be criminalized,” Snowden tweeted on Sunday, posting a link to Verma’s piece on a news website.
He tweeted,
Rarely do former intel chiefs and I agree, but the head of India’s RAW writes  is being abused by banks, telcos, and transport not to police entitlements, but as a proxy for identity–an improper gate to service. Such demands must be criminalized.
This is the third time he has tweeted something about Aadhaar Card. He also re-tweeted some of the followers who pointed out how banks and telecom companies are insisting on linking the Aadhaar Card with their services.
He also re-tweeted one of the tweets by UIADI itself, adding design flaws in in the information flow with Aadhaar.
That might be true if banks, landlords, hospitals, schools, telephone & internet companies were prohibited by law from asking for your  number. But any Indian can tell you they’re asked for their number by non-government entities––and those companies have databases too.
UIDAI had tweeted on January 16: “#Aadhaar is an identifier, not a profiling tool. Aadhaar database does not keep any information about bank accounts, shares, mutual funds, property details, health records, family details, religion, caste, education etc. #AadhaarMythBuster.” Snowden quoted this tweet and wrote: “That might be true if banks, landlords, hospitals, schools, telephone & internet companies were prohibited by law from asking for your #Aadhaar number. But any Indian can tell you they’re asked for their number by non-government entities–and those companies have databases too.”
Source: Newsheads

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