Apple, Google May Clash With India Govt Over Phone Encryption

by CXOtoday News Desk    Sep 14, 2016

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India is reportedly compelling global companies to use technology cooked up in a government-funded lab and failure to join the effort could limit the tech industry’s access to a vast and growing market. However, companies like Apple and Google are expected to resist opening up their phones and operating systems to the Indian registration, encryption and security technology. This is according to a Bloomberg report. [Read the full story here]

The initiative is part of the country’s biometric identity program, Aadhaar that kicked off in September 2010, and has been made popular by the Narendra Modi-led government collecting biometric information from all Indian citizens and storing the digitized data in a centralized database. The government has issued a unique 12-digit ID number to every citizen, who can use fingerprint and iris-scan authentication to access a range of public and private services. As of April this year, more than one billion people had signed up, or about 83 percent of the population.

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