India to issue 1.2 billion new biometric ID cards

India is preparing to issue biometric identification cards to every one of its 1.2 billion citizens in what is being called "the biggest Big Brother project yet conceived," according to a published report.

It is surely the biggest Big Brother project yet conceived. India is to issue each of its 1.2 billion citizens, millions of whom live in remote villages and possess no documentary proof of existence, with cyber-age biometric identity cards.