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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Does Aadhaar Card Interfere In Your Right To Privacy?


Aadhaar is a 12 digit biometric number issued by UIDAI to individuals. There are approximately 112 crore Aadhaar card holders in India. But recently Aadhaar has been criticized for violating the privacy. Aadhaar is inclusive and unique digital identity platform that can be authenticated to participate in any digital transaction. But now questions have been raised regarding the privacy of the aadhaar holder’s details.



Security Concerns Related To Aadhaar
a      a)  Aadhaar being mass surveillance technology undermines security.   
     b)  Biometric information being necessary for targeted surveillance is not suitable for everyday     transaction and can easily be misused.    
   c) Though UIDAI promises the high level of security claiming that Aadhaar is a zero knowledge database. But there is chance of misuse of information.

           Action Taken By The Government
All the issues arising out of the controversy of Aadhaar card were heard by the Supreme Court. July 18 has been fixed as the date of hearing and then it will be decided whether right to privacy is a fundamental right or not. An interim order making aadhaar mandatory for availing social welfare schemes benefit was refused by the apex court on June 27.  The apex court challenged government’s notification of making Aadhar mandatory for availing various social welfare scheme benefits. The apex court also passed few orders for not making Aadhaar mandatory for availing social welfare benefits. Now the apex court had allowed to avail benefits of certain schemes like Jan Dhan scheme, the LPG subsidy, and the public distribution system.

Government need to take a level-headed approach and put safeguards for data protection and privacy. Need for Aadhaar and rules concerning access to security of biometric data of citizens to preserve their privacy. 

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