Episode 5 Articles
Authentication (the first step of identification, followed by verification) can be hardest for the most vulnerable in society. Checking if someone is eligible for a government benefit may be demeaning, and depends on the discretion of intermediaries.
At the start of the research process, we asked people how they felt about the potential for their personal information to be revealed if their identity cards were stolen. We found that most people weren’t really too bothered, often because they didn’t feel they had enough money for it to matter. The implication was that as low-income earners, they didn’t matter, and so privacy wasn’t a consideration for them. This was rather unsatisfying for us, as it might be for some of you reading this. Surely, we thought, everyone should be bothered about their data being stolen, or their identity being exposed too widely?
India’s constitution — as decreed in part IV, by the Directive Principles - clearly states that the country should be that provider of goods and services for all of its diverse citizenry. But for many citizens, this is not the case.