India’s database with biometric details of its billion citizens ignites privacy debate

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“Indians in general have yet to understand the meaning and essence of privacy,” says Member of Parliament, Tathagata Satpathy. 

But on Feb. 3, privacy was the hot topic of debate among many in India, thanks to a tweet that showed random people being identified on the street via Aadhaar, India’s ubiquitous database that has biometric information of more than a billion Indians.

That’s how India Stack, the infrastructure built by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), welcomed OnGrid, a privately owned company that is going to tap on the world’s largest biometrics system, conjuring images of Minority Report style surveillance. Read more…

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Listen to DJ Khaled’s new single featuring the royal family, Beyoncé and Jay Z

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Beyoncé only took home two of the trillion Grammys she deserved, but, as the new DJ Khaled single will have you know, she’s still winning, winning, winning.

Queen Bey and her king, Jay Z, are featured on DJ Khaled’s new single, “Shining.” And yeah, she’s still not sorry. “All this good, I don’t feel bad for it,” she sings. “If you see me smiling you can’t be mad at it.

It’s a Tidal exclusive right now because, well, consider the people involved. 

The track is from his forthcoming album, Grateful, which features an executive producer credit from his newborn son, Ashad. Hopefully Blue Ivy gets some credit for this track, too.  Read more…

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