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Digital IDs said to boost economies, but privacy is at risk


In India, campaigners have raised concerns about privacy and the safety of the data, the susceptibility of biometrics to failure, and the misuse of data for profiling or increased surveillance. — AFP

In India, campaigners have raised concerns about privacy and the safety of the data, the susceptibility of biometrics to failure, and the misuse of data for profiling or increased surveillance. — AFP

LONDON: Developing countries swapping paper documents for digital identification systems could see their economies grow up to 13% by 2030, researchers said on Jan 23 in the first study to assess the technology’s economic value.

But the report’s authors and rights campaigners warned such systems also raised privacy concerns as they could be misused to track and profile people.

   

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