Fellow Discusses India’s Biometric Identification Projects

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Jayaram also warned the audience about the negative implications of the database and how the current use of biometrics raises concerns about surveillance and privacy. The body is now being used as a password, she said.

“Data leakages are happening all over the place,” she added.

Dalia Othman, a colleague of Jayaram and fellow at the Berkman Center, noted how Jayaram was the perfect person to speak about the topic.

“It was really interesting to hear about the complexities about the identity system in India and it was great the Malavika could walk us through them,” Othman said.

—Staff writer Carolina I. Portela-Blanco can be reached at cportelablanco@college.harvard.edu.

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