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India is the 5th worst country in terms of extensive and invasive use of biometric data

India is the 5th worst country in terms of extensive and invasive use of biometric data

The Britain-based tech research firm Comparitech reported that India is the fifth-worst country in terms of extensive and invasive use of biometric data. India shared the fifth position along with Taiwan, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

Key Points:

  • India is ranked relatively lower in the list of worst countries for biometric data collection since it does not allow law enforcement to get access to the national biometric database-Aadhaar.
  • For this study, the researchers analysed 50 different countries to find out where the biometrics are being taken, what they are being taken for, and how they are being stored.
  • Every country has been scored out of 25; the high scores indicate extensive and invasive use of biometrics and/or surveillance and a low score demonstrating better restrictions and regulations regarding biometric use and surveillance.
  • Among all the factors used for scoring the countries, the researchers looked at whether the country failed to introduce a law which protects the biometric data.
  • China scored 24 out of 25, while India scored 19.
  • Even though many countries recognising biometric data as sensitive, yet there is an increase in biometric use.
  • Countries in the European Union scored better overall than non-EU countries due to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) regulations protecting the use of biometrics at the workplace to some extent.
  • Ireland, Portugal, Cyprus, the UK and Romania emerged as the five best countries in terms of collection, storage and also the use of biometric data.

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