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That is the argument behind the world's largest biometrics project, a multimodal solution (iris, fingerprints, and face) affecting more than one billion Indians. Nandan Nilekani, the chairman of Infosys who left his job to create the system, known as Aadhaar, credits it with saving the Indian government roughly $9 billion by eliminating duplicate and false identities in government beneficiary lists.In the United States, a study in 2016 by the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown University Law Center found that the facial images of more than 117 million Americans – nearly half of all U.S. adults – were held in U.S. law enforcement databases, some of which are accessible by the FBI.In the United Kingdom, the facial images of 12.5 million people, hundreds of thousands of whom are not guilty of a crime, are stored in the National Police Database, while HM Revenue and Customs has gathered over five million voice recordings without consent.The collection and storage of people's biometric data fundamentally changes the relationship between citizen and state.
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