Aadhaar Enabled Surveillance

What secrets does the RBI report on the proposed Public Credit Registry hide?

In October 2017, the RBI announced a high level task force that would study and help set up a transparent and comprehensive public credit registry (PCR). The RBI’s PCR was intended to be “an extensive database of credit information for India that is accessible to all stakeholders”. The PCR was intended to help improve efficiencies in the Indian credit market, aid financial inclusion, help control deliquencies and in general improve the ease of doing business.

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Aadhaar Enabled Surveillance

SRDH and the surveilliance and harassment that it enables

On February 22nd, during an appearance before the Supreme Court for the ongoing Aadhaar hearings, Gujarat state counsel Rakesh Dwivedi acknowledged that an archive containing biometrics of all of Gujarat’s residents had been maintaining a “State Resident Data Hub” (SRDH). He said that Gujarat’s SRDH had been created under an agreement signed with the the UIDAI which provided Aadhaar related information.

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