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Mobile devices fast becoming the default identity devices for governments world over

The mobile devices, with their characteristics are fast becoming the default identity devices because of the stringent KYC norms followed by the telecom operators while issuing the devices.


With the features like fingerprint readers, face recognition through phone cameras and the capacity to retain metadata details, the mobile devices can help transfer the information and location based services to the citizens. 

Government of India has started a very innovative initiative titled JAM ( Jan Dhan, Aadhar & Mobile) that attempts to ensure financial inclusion by having all citizens open a back account (Jan Dhan Program of GoI),  using the national ID card (Aadhar) and mobile devices for direct transfer of government benefits to citizens. Such initiatives can go a long way in ensuring a cashless society and achieving the goals of financial inclusion. 

Editor's Viewpoint: Though there are evident benefits of using the mobile devices for delivering services to citizens in third millennium, the absence of strong privacy laws and secure technologies can make surveillance of citizens an easy option for politicians. While the GPRS features of mobile devices provide law enforcement agencies with sophisticated means to combat potential threats, they also gives governments a  hidden benefits in controlling whistle-blowers and political activists. It also means that these actions can be carried out by government agencies without the knowledge of the mobile phone owners, making the abuse of this power almost inevitable.
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