Security isn’t the only reason to collect biometric data. In India, 950 million citizens have participated in the government’s biometric registration program; as a result, some 200 million people, mostly migrants from rural villages to cities, who had never had identification before were able to open bank accounts for the first time. This gives the government the ability to track citizens with greater accuracy than ever before. Anit Mukherjee, an International Development Research Centre fellow with the Center for Global Development, worked as an early adviser to the project. He said the information collected by the government is never deleted. “Your biometrics live in the database for perpetuity,” he told BuzzFeed News. “It doesn’t matter whether you’re dead or alive.”
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