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Govt assures poll watchdog it will soon take the proposal to Cabinet for approval as this would require amendments to Representation of People’s Act.
The Supreme Court is hearing a plea against amendments to the law allowing voluntary use of Aadhaar as proof of identity to open bank accounts and get mobile phone connections.
The Cabinet approved changes to the Telegraph Act and the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) to make Aadhaar-linking optional.
The project is in addition to UIDAI’s 30,000 centres and will cover 53 cities across India to offer enrolment and updation, among other services.
It may be feasible for govt to own and operate a KYC utility. That way, India could balance the concerns of privacy and trust.
The minority judgment on Aadhaar Act, penned by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud of the Supreme Court, flagged the lack of limits set for UIDAI.
The Supreme Court's majority judgment on the Aadhaar Act held that the unique identification system did not create a surveillance state.
An engineer, who was part of UIDAI’s Aadhaar project, says there is a sobering and profound learning in Supreme Court’s judgment.
The Supreme Court Wednesday ruled in favour of Aadhaar, putting to rest a hotly-contested debate on its constitutional validity and issues of privacy. However, it amended several sections of the Aadhaar Act. ThePrint asks: Were Indian activist-elites using poor to oppose Aadhaar or were their concerns genuine? https://youtu.be/rYvkk4U-RFo Judgment pours cold water on any hope privacy wallahs had of removing scrutiny on taxes Kanchan Gupta Political commentator The Left-liberal elite has a perverse understanding of privacy. Data, including biometrics, which they do not want to share with the government of India, they are happy to share with foreign governments, some of whom run totalitarian regimes. It makes little sense in this day and age to talk about privacy when every app on your smartphone is constantly mining your private data. But then, neither the case challenging the validity of Aadhaar nor Wednesday’s judgment by the Supreme Court deals with the future and the enormous challenges...
From bar on private companies to allowing citizens the right to redress a breach, Supreme Court has put in restrictions in use of Aadhaar.
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