"Getting Naked Before White Man" Not A Problem: Minister On Aadhaar Row | Read

PUBLISHED ON: March 25, 2018 | Duration: 0 min, 51 sec

  
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Union minister KJ Alphons today weighed in on the Aadhaar versus Right to Privacy debate, as concerns over data safety spiked following the Cambridge Analytica's unauthorised use of Facebook data in US elections, and reports of Aadhaar data being open to misuse owing to fresh security lapses. As Unique Identification Authority UIDAI denied any security breach, Mr Alphons -- the junior minister for Electronics and Information Technology departments -- took a dig at activists who question the validity of Aadhaar and want to rein in the mandatory linking of the Unique Identity number to a range of services. People have a problem only when "your own government" asks for data, Mr Alphons said. "I filled up to 10 pages for US Visa form. We have absolutely no problem giving our fingerprints and getting body naked before the white man at all," Mr Alphons said. "When your own government asks for your name and address, there is a massive revolution, saying it is an intrusion of privacy".
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