New research study presented in Davos shows that developing economies that adopt digital ID systems have the potential to grow their annual GDP by up to 13 percent by the year 2030. The big caveat, however, are questions about personal privacy.
Landmark ruling affirms the right of private individuals to sue companies like Google and Facebook if they collect their biometric data without their written consent, even if there was no “harm” to the individuals.
Privacy risks inherent in the use of biometric identification are extreme. In the event of a data breach, you cannot reissue an iris or a fingerprint. As technologies become more advanced and surveillance on city streets the norm who will draw the line at just what level of invasive monitoring is permissible?
Singapore and Malaysia are rolling out national digital ID initiatives to streamline government services and improve efficiency. What are the lessons to be learnt from similar schemes like India's Aadhaar system?
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has denied reports that the Aadhaar data breach has made masses of biometric data available to external players for a miniscule sum. Has big government in India simply overreached itself as far as its vision for this database is concerned?
Emerging technologies including biometrics and advanced analytics are helping to revolutionize the way governments and public service agencies address data privacy and security concerns, according to a new report from Accenture.
In this two-part series, we explore some of the issues around government surveillance and the search for that elusive balance between security and privacy. In this second part, we look at the search for that digital ‘safe place’ where privacy is assured and just why that place is becoming ever more elusive.