India withdraws warning on national biometric ID after online panic

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By Sudarshan Varadhan and Munsif Vengattil NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India on Sunday withdrew a warning not to share photocopies of the national biometric identity card after the announcement caused widespread panic on social media. The Aadhaar card, which has a unique number tied to an individual’s fingerprints, face and eye scan, aims to block theft and leakage in India’s welfare schemes. But critics fear it could spawn a surveillance state. The press information bureau withdrew the warning two days after issuing it, saying the release was published in the context of an attempt to misuse an edit…

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