Aadhaar doesn’t pose any privacy issue, says Bill Gates supporting Aadhaar Scheme
More than 1.2 billion Indians have been enrolled for Aadhaar, the world’s largest biometric national ID System. Being a staunch supporter of the Aadhaar scheme, Bill Gates, founder of one of the world’s biggest tech companies, Microsoft, has appreciated the Aadhaar scheme in India.
When asked about privacy concerns, he has come out openly saying “Aadhaar in itself doesn’t pose any privacy issue because it’s just a bio ID verification scheme. The individual applications that use Aadhaar, you have to look and see what’s been stored and who has access to that information. And so, application by application, you have to make sure that’s well-managed. In the case of the financial bank account, I think it’s handled very well.”
Bill said that the bio-ID verification programme has multiple benefits and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has funded the World Bank to emulate this Aadhaar-like system in other countries as it is worth emulating.
Nandan Nilekani, the 62-year-old multi-billionaire entrepreneur, philanthropist, and co-founder of tech giant Infosys, who is considered as the chief architect of Aadhaar, is helping the World Bank carry out this level of project in other countries.
Not only that, he also appreciated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for fully “embracing” the scheme, which was initiated before PM came into office.