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India’s ID innovation

A new scheme might just transform India

By David Edmonds   June 2013

Women queue for enrolment in Rajasthan. Half a million people are processed daily (© Reuters)

I have never met Mrs D’Souza but I’m guessing she doesn’t sport a bristly grey moustache. But Terrence D’Souza is grinning broadly: “Now I have become my wife,” he boasts.

Mr D’Souza is a moustachioed Mumbai-based technology consultant. And he’s just demonstrated how to steal his wife’s identity. He’s made a plastic copy of her fingerprint, placed it on his own finger and successfully fooled a biometric fingerprint reader that he is Mrs D’Souza. And…

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