This was first published in The Indian Express. The views are of the individual authors.
Last month, the Election Commission of India (ECI), reminded the Law Ministry to approve a slew of pending electoral reforms. Among these was hastening the linking of voter ID cards (EPIC database) with Aadhaar. In a discussion document for the Data Governance Network, we provided several reasons why the dangers outweigh the benefits. The absence of a law to protect personal data, lack of clarity on the mechanism of integration, danger of leaks and possibility of disenfranchisement of voters are key reasons why this move should not be rushed. In light of these and the current move, the entire idea should be revisited. Read the full article here.