Apple and Google face trouble with Modi Government over smartphones
Well, this time it looks like the Indian government is really serious about the Aadhar implementation. Not only for the money transactions online, this time, the government has also encouraged the implementation of Aadhar encryption within the smartphones. It is still unknown whether the organizations will agree for the implementations of Aadhar encryption in their smartphones, but one thing that is for sure is, the government will take up strict actions if the phones are not Aadhar encrypted. Under such conditions, you need to know that the government is already against the free services of Facebook and this is why it has already been banned. The government has also declined to offer Apple any opportunity from opening any local stores or any other sourcing rules. India will now have the option of forcing the companies to use technology as the regulations of government.
This initiative is actually a part of the national biometric initiative. Huge numbers of people are accustomed with the finger print analysis and the iris scanning verification to authenticate the online payments for banks. And if the mobile organizations are not able to cope with the regulations of the government, then it might limit the access of the huge market of the tech industry. The companies like Google and Apple are expected to resist the opening of devices and operating systems for Indian registration, security and encryption.
- What do the reports say?
According to the reports, there will be a lot pushing by the technology companies and undoubtedly, the companies are going to do their best for maintaining their existence. If we look at the situation clearly, it is a really great strategy taken up by the Indian government. The reason it, with the Aadhar encrypted device; it makes it easier for the government to track up any criminals and fraudulent activities. But the problem is, devices without Aadhar registration or encryption might be banned. And this is why all the companies have not really committed to the proposal of the Indian government.
Some weeks ago, there was an official meeting of the government executives for discussing the Aadhar encryptions within their technology. But none of the companies made any commitments about updating their devices. And the best part was, Apple didn’t even show up at the meeting. The representatives of the smartphone organizations might have been non committal, but it cannot be denied that the position of Indian Government is pretty clear at this issue. To be precise, the companies were said to visit their headquarters and sort this out so that Aadhar registered devices can be attained.
The biometric identity program, initialized in India has reached to a whole new level. It was actually started by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the US. This biometric identity program is already used in the US for tracking the criminals and foreign visitors. No other country has implemented this apart from India. At first the collection of biometric and demographic data was done. And then they were stored in a centralized database after issuing a 12 digit ID number to every individual. The Aadhar is one of the world’s largest schemes by Indian government.
- So what does this program exactly do?
Before Aadhar encryption was not available, it was really easy for the cyber criminals to siphon off billions of dollars from the welfare payments every year. But with the Aadhar authentication, it will help millions of poor people. Because the government will now be able to keep a track on the money spent in lieu of the food, fertilizer substances, fuel and also for the pension and guaranteed work payments directly to the bank accounts electronically.
- But what are the issues?
Now this program of biometric identity and Aadhar encryption is a great way to deal with the money laundering and fraudulent activities. But that major problem is, the government will now be able to track all the activities, starting from your private browsing history to the calls and sms’s that you send. And this is definitely the violation of the rights and liberties of any citizen. Such violation is not being tolerated and this has proved to be a major hindrance in the path of the Aadhar encryption in mobile devices. A large section of India is against it and this is definitely a justified reason. Another reason is some state that Aadhar servers are easy to hack which will compromise the national security.
But at present the government is mainly concerned about the security issues. A digital payment infrastructure has been formatted. The concept is to create such a digital process so that millions of people will not have to visit the banks for even once. Starting from opening an account to the payments all will be done electronically. With the Aadhar authentication stepping up for the Indian market, the government is planning to add a few other services which include education and health care.
- Why are the companies like Apple and Google against it?
There is a valid reason why different organizations are not supporting it. People can log into the devices by finger print scans and biometric authentication. But the moment they access the Aadhar identification, Apple and Google will lose track of the online users and there cannot be any data to be used for buying and selling ads. While the Indian Law prevents the government from collecting or using customer private data. Apart from these two companies, the tech companies will also object about the installation of authentication software on their gadgets because of the security breaches and hack issues. Apple has completely denied the demand of US government’s demands in creating a back door for operating systems to track the activities of terrorists.
- The condition of foreign tech companies
The foreign tech companies might have to face a competitive disadvantage if they are not preparing according to the government regulations. The companies like Flipkart, Snapdeal and Paytm has already started the digital payment services that are compatible with Aadhar. Samsung has also prepared a Tab which is an Aadhar friendly device. And Microsoft is also working on linking the Skype with Aadhar database so that the video calling feature can be linked with Aadhar database.
|SL NO||Facts to know||Brief details|
|1.||Implementation of Aadhar biometric identification||April 2016|
|2.||Interested population||83% of the population|
|3.||Authentications daily||5 million authentication|
|4.||Log in method||Finger print or iris scan to log into smartphones or mobile devices|
|5.||Advanced features in mobiles||Will be started from 2017
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