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Aadhaar has been a subject of both praise and criticism. Analyse the safety concerns associated with Aadhaar, highlighting potential risks to privacy and security.

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

3. Aadhaar has been a subject of both praise and criticism. Analyse the safety concerns associated with Aadhaar, highlighting potential risks to privacy and security. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: New Indian Express

Why the question:

The article discusses the recent data breach concerning Aadhaar, India’s biometric identification system, and the implications it raises for safety and privacy.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the successes and limitations of Aadhar.

Directive word:

 Analyse – When asked to analyse, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin the providing context of Aadhar and its aim.

Body:

First write about the successes of Aadhar – Aadhaar has been instrumental in streamlining various government services and reducing fraud, the safety concerns associated with the system are legitimate and significant etc.

Next, write about the concerns with Aadhar – collection, storage, and use of sensitive biometric and demographic data pose real risks to individual privacy and security etc.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a way forward to address the above-mentioned concerns.