Now Only Government Can Use Aadhaar Database, And That’s A Problem

The world’s biggest repository of citizen information, India’s Aadhaar database, is now beyond the private sector’s reach. That was the verdict last week by the country’s top court, which refused to strike down the entire biometric-based system as unconstitutional. Now only the government can use it, and that’s a problem. Fulfilling regulatory “know-your-customer,” or KYC,…

Submit Aadhaar De-Linking Plan Within 15 Days, Telecom Firms Told By UIDAI

New Delhi:  Telecom companies have been given 15 days by the Unique Identification Authority of India to give a plan to stop using Aadhaar number for customer authentication. This comes days after the Supreme Court, in a landmark verdict, struck down attempts to make it mandatory for mobile phone connections and several other services. Service…

Don’t Share Aadhaar, Mobile Numbers On Websites, Delhi Officers Told

Senior government officials have been asked not to upload “sensitive” personal information online. New Delhi:  The Delhi government has asked all heads of departments not to upload documents containing “sensitive” personal information like Aadhaar and mobile numbers on the websites of their respective departments.  In a communication issued on September 11, the Delhi government’s IT…

After Supreme Court’s Aadhaar Verdict, Need For Law On Privacy: US-Based Expert

Aadhaar Verdict: The Aadhaar project was launched by the previous UPA government (File) Washington:  US-based experts have said that the Supreme Court verdict on Aadhaar biometric system has struck a balance between the need for a foundational identity and measures to limit its use, but stressed that the government now urgently needs to pass a…

How UIDAI Chief Ajay Bhushan Pandey’s PowerPoint Presentation Helped In Aadhaar Verdict

Ajay Bhushan is a 1984-batch IAS officer of Maharashtra cadre heading UIDAI since 2010. (File) New Delhi:  The Supreme Court, which on Wednesday declared the Centre’s flagship Aadhaar scheme as constitutionally valid, has extensively relied up on a power-point presentation made by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey to conclude…

Children Should Get Option To Exit Aadhaar On Becoming Adults

Supreme Court said the consent of parents was needed for enrolment of children to obtain Aadhaar (File) New Delhi:  The Supreme Court on Wednesday held that the consent of parents was needed for enrolment of children to obtain Aadhaar, but they should be given an option to exit from the project if they choose, on…

Reasonable Restrictions On Aadhaar Will Further Strengthen It

In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court upheld the legality of Aadhaar (Reuters) New Delhi:  Calling it historic and landmark, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Wednesday welcomed the Supreme Court judgment on Aadhaar and said the reasonable conditions and restrictions imposed on the private usage of unique identity data would further strengthen…

Private Entities Barred From Using Aadhaar Data, Centre May Explore Options

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley hailed the Aadhaar verdict as “historic”. New Delhi:  After the Supreme Court cleared the use of Aadhaar for access to welfare schemes but struck down attempts to make it mandatory for banks and corporates, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the government would now assess if prohibiting private companies from using…

Aadhaar Authentication Data Can’t Be Retained Beyond 6 Months: Supreme Court

The court said anyone trying to gain access into system was liable to be punished with 10 years jail. New Delhi:  Retaining authentication data of citizens who have enrolled for Aadhaar beyond six months was “impermissible”, the Supreme Court held Wednesday while asking the Centre to bring in a robust data protection regime. The apex…

Supreme Court Aadhaar Verdict “Balanced”, Say IT Industry Leaders

The Aadhaar verdict recognises the primacy of the individual’s right to her data, TV Pai said Hyderabad:  The Supreme Court verdict in the Aadhaar case is balanced as it has upheld the constitutional validity of the scheme while also addressing data privacy issues, leading figures in the information technology (IT) industry said. The judgement removes…

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