India’s relationship with the global tech industry has become increasingly fraught. This year alone, the government has banned Facebook’s free web service and declined to exempt Apple from local sourcing rules and open its own stores, or sell refurbished iPhones. Now India could force companies to use technology cooked up in a government-funded lab.
Government involvement in the tech industry has been on a rise and in India especially, the Tech scene has been marked with many such incidents. Aadhaar card that started out as a unified identity program for Indians had run into a fair share of trouble with people pointing over the privacy concerns. Since Aadhar card stores the person’s biometrics, the stakes are simply multiplied.