Aadhaar doesn’t pose any privacy issue: Bill Gates
Washington: India’s Aadhaar know-how doesn’t pose any privateness concern and the Invoice and Melinda Gates Basis has funded the World Financial institution to take this method to different international locations as it’s value emulating, Microsoft founder Invoice Gates has mentioned.
The 62-year-old multi-billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist mentioned Nandan Nilekani, Infosys founder who is taken into account because the chief architect of Aadhaar, was consulting and serving to the World Financial institution on the undertaking.
Requested if India’s Aadhaar know-how is value emulating by different international locations, he replied, “Sure”.
“The advantages of that (primary ID — Aadhaar) are very excessive,” he informed PTI.
Greater than a billion individuals in India have enrolled in Aadhaar, the world’s largest biometric ID system.
“Sure, international locations ought to undertake that method as a result of the standard of governance has loads to do with how shortly international locations are in a position to develop their financial system and empower their individuals,” Gates mentioned in response to a query.
“We have now funded the World Financial institution to take this Aadhaar method to different international locations,” he mentioned.
It’s believed that a number of international locations, together with some from India’s neighbourhood, have approached New Delhi for help on this matter.
“Aadhaar in itself would not pose any privateness concern as a result of it is only a bio ID verification scheme,” Gates, the pinnacle of the Invoice and Melinda Gates Basis, mentioned when requested concerning the considerations about privateness points raised by sure quarters in India.
“The person purposes that use Aadhaar, you need to look and see what’s been saved and who has entry to that info. And so, utility by utility, you need to guarantee that’s effectively managed. Within the case of the monetary checking account I believe it is dealt with very effectively,” he mentioned.
“(It makes use of) Aadhar to arrange the accounts as a way to each get your cellphone and get your checking account,” he added.
Observing that Aadhaar was began earlier than Prime Minister Narendra Modi got here into workplace, Gates mentioned that it was very a lot to his credit score that he was prepared to embrace it.
“I am each good good friend and an admirer of Nandan Nilekani and a number of the initiatives of digitisation efforts that may assist with schooling that may assist with governance,” he mentioned.
In his lecture on ‘Expertise for Transformation’ organised by NITI Aayog on November 2016, Gates had mentioned that Aadhaar is one thing that had by no means been performed by any authorities earlier than, not even in a wealthy nation.
Aadhaar is a 12-digit distinctive identification quantity for Indians, primarily based on their biometric and demographic knowledge. The information is collected by the Distinctive Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), a statutory authority established in January 2009 by the Authorities of India.