Whistle Blower Edward Snowden has stated that,”Government must slap penalty on anyone using Aadhaar data for purposes other than public services”.
While addressing an Fifth Edition of ‘Talk Journalism’ event via Video-Conference, he added that if Indian Government was serious about implementing Aadhaar for public good, it must ensure “criminal penalty” against anyone misusing the data.
He stated that,”The mass surveillance system would look like Aadhaar as it creates systemisation of society”.
Systemisation of society is something that is not stated in the scheme of things for the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), he added.
Replying to a question the surveillance issue, Snowden stated that no government will say that it has decided that “you don’t have rights”.
Snowden added that it’s a myth that youngsters are not concerned about privacy.
Youngsters are very much concerned about their privacy, he added.
He made a point stating that citizens don’t need to explain why they need privacy it’s the government that needs to explain why people don’t need rights.
Former USA Secret Agency CIA Employee stated that “we have privacy issues” because it helps those who violate it. Privacy can be safeguarded through better encryption systems and strong legal system.