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Centre moves SC for modification of order on Aadhar card

Earlier SC had asked the Centre not to issue Aadhar cards to illegal immigrants.

Written by PTI , PTI | New Delhi | Published: October 4, 2013 12:17 pm

The Centre on Friday moved the Supreme Court seeking modification of an earlier order which said Aadhar card is not mandatory and no person should be deprived of any government schemes for want it.

Obtaining Aadhar card optional,not mandatory: Centre tells SC

A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam said that the plea of the Centre would be taken up for hearing on October 8.

“We seek modification of the order which said that Aadhar card is not mandatory,” Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran,appearing for the Centre,said,adding that the order may come in the way of various welfare schemes.

Jairam Ramesh: Don’t turn Aadhar card into an instrument of exclusion

Earlier,the Supreme Court had said that the Aadhar card,being issued by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI,was not mandatory for availing any government services and nobody should be deprived of any such facilites for the want of the card.

It had asked the Centre not to issue it to illegal immigrants as it would legitimise their stay.

Centre had also told the court that the Aadhar card was optional and that it has not made it mandatory for the citizens.

The apex court had passed the earlier order while hearing a batch of pleas against decisions of some states to make Aadhar cards compulsory for a range of activities including salary,PF disbursals and marriage and property registrations.

The petitioners had contended that the scheme was complete infraction of Fundamental Rights under Articles 14 (right to equality) and 21 (right to life and liberty) and even as government claims it to be voluntary but it is not so.

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    Oct 11, 2017 at 7:39 am
    A centralized and inter-linked biometric database like Aadhaar will lead to profiling and self-censorship, endangering freedom. Personal data gathered under the Aadhaar program is prone to misuse and surveillance. Aadhaar project has created a vulnerability to identi-ty fraud, even identi-ty theft. Easy harvesting of biometrics traits and publicly-available Aadhaar numbers increase the risk of impersonation, especially online and banking fraud. Centralized databases can be hacked. Biometrics can be cloned, copied and reused. Thus, BIOMETRICS CAN BE FAKED. High-resolution cameras can capture your fingerprints and iris information from a distance. Every eye hospital will have iris images of its patients. So another person can clone your fingerprints and iris images without your knowledge, and the same can be used for authentication. If the Aadhaar scheme is NOT STOPPED by the Supreme Court, the biometric features of Indians will soon be cloned, misused, and even traded.
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      Oct 11, 2017 at 7:39 am
      UK’s Biometric ID Database was dismantled. Why the United Kingdom's biometrics-linked National Identi-ty Card project to create a centralized register of sensitive information about residents similar to Aadhaar was scrapped in 2010?? The reasons were the massive threat posed to the privacy of people, the possibility of a surveillance state, the dangers of maintaining such a huge centralized repository of personal information, and the purposes it could be used for, and the dangers of such a centralized database being hacked. The other reasons were the unreliability of such a large-scale biometric verification processes, and the ethics of using biometric identification.
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        Oct 11, 2017 at 7:38 am
        The US Social Security Number (SSN) card has NO BIOMETRIC DETAILS, no photograph, no physical description and no birth date. All it does is confirm that a particular number has been issued to a particular name. Instead, a driving license or state ID card is used as an identification for adults. The US government DOES NOT collect the biometric details of its own citizens for the purpose of issuing Social Security Number. The US collects the fingerprints of only those citizens who are involved in any criminal activity (it has nothing to do with SSN), and the citizens of other countries who come to the US.
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