A Question of Identity

Towards a sound national identity scheme



What? A national identity scheme has long-term and large-scale implications to the welfare of the people, efficiency of governance and law enforcement, individuals' fundamental right to privacy and national security. Motivated by several issues surfaced by the implementation of Aadhaar, and several privacy and security concerns that have been pointed out, we develop a (non-exhaustive) list of technical guidelines for national identity schemes. We observe that the current Aadhaar design significantly deviates from these guidelines, strongly suggesting that to address the root causes of the issues that have manifested so far, many parts of the system require major redesign. We also put forth several policy guidelines, which we believe are crucial to the success of a national identity scheme in India.


Who? We are a group of computer scientists from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Bombay. Our areas of expertise include cryptography, databases, networking, fault-tolerant systems and machine learning.


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[CCDPRRS18]Soumen Chakrabarti, Siddhartha Chaudhuri, Om Damani, Manoj Prabhakaran, Krithi Ramamritham, Bhaskaran Raman, S. Sudarshan, "A Question of Identity: Overview", 2018. [pdf] [html]
[CDPRRS18]Soumen Chakrabarti, Om Damani, Manoj Prabhakaran, Krithi Ramamritham, Bhaskaran Raman, S. Sudarshan, "A Question of Identity: What Should Aadhaar Be Like?", 2018. [pdf]