Five years after the first petition was filed challenging the validity of Aadhaar, a Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra will begin hearing the petitions against Aadhaar. In August, a nine-judge Constitution Bench headed by then Chief Justice of India JS Khehar had ruled that privacy was a fundamental right guaranteed under the Constitution.
Now the government has to convince the Supreme Court that forcing citizens to give a sample of their fingerprints and ..
If the court gives a go-ahead to the mandatory linkages of Aadhaar, it will become the most important identity proof for an Indian, the one number that opens all the government doors.
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has refuted a report by The Tribune newspaper that claimed to have gained access to the entire Aadhaar card download by name database for just Rs 500.
As per a report in The Tribune, a WhatsApp group sold all Aadhaar data available with UIDAI for a meager sum of Rs 500. The reporter joined a WhatsApp group and paid Rs 500 via Paytm to it. Later, one of its agents gave an ID and password to its reporter. The ID and password gave them access to any Aadhaar number. With an additional fee of Rs 300, they gave them Aadhaar printing software.
Supreme Court bench to hear pleas against Aadhaar Card
The Supreme Court today said that a five-judge constitution bench would hear tomorrow pleas seeking an interim stay on the Centre's decision directing mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various government schemes and welfare measures.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said that the larger bench would sit at 2 PM tomorrow to take up the interlocutory applications seeking interim relief against the Centre's decision on linking of
The Centre had on October 25 told the top court that the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to receive benefits of government schemes has been extended till March 31, 2018 for those who do not have the 12-digit unique biometric identification number and were willing to enrol for it.
The Attorney General had told the court that no coercive action would be taken against those who do not have the Aadhaar card but are willing to enrol for. He had said such people would not be denied ..
The report also claimed that there were around one lakh illegal users and the racket might have started six months ago. The ET.com has not verified the authenticity of the report.
"Tribune’s Story “Rs 500, 10 minutes, and you have access to billion Aadhaar details” is a case of misreporting. No biometric data breach," the UIDAI tweeted.
It said some persons had misused demographic search facility which was given to designated officials to help residents who had lost Aadhaar/enrollment slip to retrieve their details.
According to UIDAI, it maintains complete logs and traceability of the facility, and any misuse is traceable. "Legal action taken, including FIR against persons involved. Search facility gives limited access to name & other details, has no access to biometric details," it said.
After a recent report exposed how access to the Aadhaar card download database could be bought on the internet only for Rs 500, a lot of concerns were expressed over the security of private data of citizens on the government portal. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) had clarified that it was just a case of unauthorised access to the Aadhaar website and no biometric data was stolen. The incident led to a big debate over the security of Aadhaar database. There were a number of unanswered ques.