Thursday, November 4, 2010

IDs For India

India hopes to assign each of its 1.2 billion people a unique 12-digit ID number based on digital fingerprints and iris scans, in what many specialists consider the most technologically and logistically complex national identification effort ever attempted.  The sign-up effort is already under way in a handful of districts. In one early registration drive in Nagaram, dozens of people streamed into a government office one recent afternoon to have their fingerprints taken and irises scanned. Sanjit Das/Panos for The Wall Street Journal.

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