Private firms collecting Aadhaar data not a great idea, says SC

The apex court had earlier permitted voluntary use of Aadhaar cards in social welfare schemes such as LPG subsidy, PDS, MGNREGA, pension schemes and provident fund.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Published:January 6, 2017 4:27 am
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THE SUPREME Court Thursday declined to expedite hearing of Aadhaar cases challenging the constitutional validity of the initiative but observed that data collection by private agencies might not be “a great idea”.

Chief Justice of India J S Khehar made the remarks after senior advocate Shyam Divan sought urgent hearing of the plea, citing privacy concerns. Divan urged that there were several issues that required to be heard by the top court on an urgent basis. “It would become a 100 per cent surveillance state,” claimed Divan, adding there were privacy concerns since biometric data was being collected by private agencies.

But the Chief Justice said that interim orders were already in place and that the bunch of matters would be taken up in due course. “We are not inclined to give immediate hearing…there are limited resources…but we are thinking about this…involvement of private agencies (in data collection) might not be a great idea,” said the bench, also comprising Justices N V Ramana and D Y Chandrachud.

The apex court had earlier permitted voluntary use of Aadhaar cards in social welfare schemes such as LPG subsidy, PDS, MGNREGA, pension schemes and provident fund, besides ambitious flagship programmes like the ‘Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna’ of the NDA government.

A five-judge constitution bench had, however, put a caveat that Aadhaar was purely voluntary and that nobody would be denied access to any services or benefits offered by the government for want of it.

It had said that that a larger bench was required to be set up for the final disposal of the petitions, including the question of whether the right to privacy was a fundamental right.

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    Onkar Singh
    Jan 8, 2017 at 3:49 pm
    Sorry to say this that a particular mind set exists among the educated cl in India which doesn't want to see the risk involved in biometric data being collected by the private firms.And if someone approaches the Court says it's interim order is place.Can you see this thing that there an outright"lawlessness" prevailing in the running of this country by the politicians in the name of development.Whose development? I think it's the development of the " crooks" in the political ruling cl,the bureaucracy,the police,the business.And the newly rich people if they have to wait,they can't.They are in a hurry the country the cart is being placed before the horse.The politicians and the Babu's of the Niti Ayog want to go cashless.Are the security systems in place case of frauds,is the redressal system in place?We will not get a cogent reply.How much are we really concerned about ourselves and the greatness we want to achieve? The standards of education and excellence are falling? But the number of educational insutions are increasing and the fees of education is also rising.Can you see the contradictions?Who is going to solve these things? ever given a thought? Countrymen think!!!
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      Satendra kumar
      Jan 6, 2017 at 2:28 am
      Aadhaar cards is a central government property it's data should be collected agency not a foreign private company as this company do make unapprioate records with self interest or interest of different organisation.
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        San Jos
        Jan 6, 2017 at 4:30 am
        Reliance JIO is issisting on Aadhar card and Biometric is mandatory. Who has allowed them
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          Sankaran Krishnan
          Jan 7, 2017 at 3:33 am
          Well said by the Court and it is an good idea to collect the Aadhaar details by the Private Firms and let us not trust them and there is every possibility that they can sell the details and also will not maintain confidentiality which at times is being done by the Govt. staffs and Officials even though they knew they will be caught for their wrong doing and because of this let us not trust the Private Firms to carry forward the Aadhaar jobs.
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            norbert
            Jan 6, 2017 at 4:20 am
            The Supreme Court's decisions of "voluntary compliance is being flouted with absolute impunity and no consequences by a w host of government insutions and PSUs.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;What do helpless, common, private citizens do about it.
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              Anand Ch
              Jan 7, 2017 at 1:36 am
              Agreed. But in a country where human lives have absolutely less than zero value, does it matter what data is collected about them ? Celebrities can roam free even after bulldozing lives, rapists can get away on bail, then data kya cheez hai ?
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                Prem Silhi
                Jan 6, 2017 at 3:19 pm
                I understand and appreciate that the data collection by private agencies might not be “a good idea” but once cleared through security process, such agencies employing hundreds and thousands of Indians can sure be ets to the country. There are private agencies engaged by Indian embies around the world doing visa processing that is much riskier for the nation for being outside the jurisdiction of Indian law enforcement and have no monitoring control.
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                  s l
                  Jan 7, 2017 at 1:57 am
                  Aadhar card has shortcomings such as Photo hazy,Finger prints not readable.To make Aadhar vibrant sum data need to added such as Actual DoB,Domecile state,PoB , Status of Person,Parents name.
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