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SC to hear pleas challenging Aadhaar verdict on June 9

In its judgment on September 26, 2018, the top court had by a 4-1 majority affirmed the constitutionality of the 12-digit unique identity scheme and the Aadhaar Targeted Delivery of Financial and other Subsidies, Benefits and Services Act, 2016 (Aadhaar Act).
The Aadhaar scheme was first challenged in the Supreme Court in 2012 on the grounds that it lacked statutory backing and invaded the right to privacy.
The Aadhaar scheme was first challenged in the Supreme Court in 2012 on the grounds that it lacked statutory backing and invaded the right to privacy.
Updated on Jun 07, 2020 04:23 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByMurali Krishnan

Aadhaar impact?: 7-judge bench to look at passage of 2017 Finance Act

The decision virtually reopened the 2018 Aadhaar judgment since it upheld the validity of the passing the Aadhaar Act, 2016 as a Money Bill.
The Centre maintained its stand that it is a money bill since it has provisions which deal with salaries and allowance to be paid to members of tribunals from the consolidated funds of India.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
The Centre maintained its stand that it is a money bill since it has provisions which deal with salaries and allowance to be paid to members of tribunals from the consolidated funds of India.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 14, 2019 05:35 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

What Centre will tell Supreme Court on Aadhaar and social media account linkage

The top court had held in the Aadhaar case that the government can make the linking of the 12-digit-number mandatory only in the case of availing subsidies and welfare benefits. Consequently, Section 57 of the Aadhaar Act was struck down.
The Centre will refer to the Aadhaar Act and the Supreme Court’s 2017 privacy judgement.(HT Photo)
The Centre will refer to the Aadhaar Act and the Supreme Court’s 2017 privacy judgement.(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 28, 2019 10:54 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAmrita Madhukalya

Bill allowing voluntary use of Aadhaar gets parliament nod

The amendments to the Aadhaar Act essentially re-allow private firms to use the biometric platforms for purposes of identity verification or “know-your-customer” requirements.
The bill also provide for a Rs 1 crore penalty and jail term for private entities violating provisions on Aadhaar data.(REUTERS FILE PHOTO)
The bill also provide for a Rs 1 crore penalty and jail term for private entities violating provisions on Aadhaar data.(REUTERS FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 08, 2019 11:46 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Lok Sabha approves bill to curb Aadhaar misuse

The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019, was passed by a voice vote after union minister for information technology Ravi Shankar Prasad assured the lower house that Aadhaar is voluntary and that consent of the biometric identity holder has to be obtained before it is used.
The legislation comes against the backdrop of the Supreme Court judgment striking down portions of the Aadhaar Act, in particular its Section 57, which allowed non-government entities access to the identity database.(HT Photo)
The legislation comes against the backdrop of the Supreme Court judgment striking down portions of the Aadhaar Act, in particular its Section 57, which allowed non-government entities access to the identity database.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 05, 2019 07:02 AM IST
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Cabinet approves Aadhaar Bill; claims it is people friendly

Claiming the Bill people-friendly and citizen-centric, the government said it will enable UIDAI to have a more robust mechanism to serve public interest and act as a deterrent against the misuse of Aadhaar.
The Bill replaces Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019, and it will be introduced in the scheduled Parliament session in June.(AFP file photo)
The Bill replaces Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019, and it will be introduced in the scheduled Parliament session in June.(AFP file photo)
Updated on Jun 13, 2019 06:03 AM IST
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The Aadhaar ordinance raises serious constitutional concerns

The Aadhaar amendments are also worrying because they attempt to directly overturn the Supreme Court’s September 2018 judgment on the constitutional validity of Aadhaar
The Union Cabinet on February 28, 2019, gave its approval for promulgation of an ordinance that would allow voluntary use of Aadhaar as identity proof for opening new bank accounts and procuring mobile phone connection, and also clarified that anyone not offering it cannot be denied any service.(AFP)
The Union Cabinet on February 28, 2019, gave its approval for promulgation of an ordinance that would allow voluntary use of Aadhaar as identity proof for opening new bank accounts and procuring mobile phone connection, and also clarified that anyone not offering it cannot be denied any service.(AFP)
Updated on Mar 01, 2019 08:18 PM IST
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ByGautam Bhatia

Ordinance to let people use Aadhaar as ID for mobiles, bank a/c cleared

The ordinance will make amendments to the Aadhaar Act, the Prevention of Money Laundering Act and the Indian Telegraph Act as proposed in the bill passed by the Lok Sabha on January 4, 2019, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
The Union cabinet on Thursday approved the promulgation of an ordinance that will enable the Unique Identification Authority of India to have a more robust mechanism to “serve the public interest” and “restrain the misuse of Aadhaar”.(AFP)
The Union cabinet on Thursday approved the promulgation of an ordinance that will enable the Unique Identification Authority of India to have a more robust mechanism to “serve the public interest” and “restrain the misuse of Aadhaar”.(AFP)
Updated on Mar 01, 2019 12:18 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent

Lok Sabha passes bill to amend Aadhaar act

The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill proposes changes in the Aadhaar Act, Indian Telegraph Act and the Prevention of Money Laundering Act to comply with a Supreme Court judgement pronounced on September 26 last year, in which it upheld the constitutional validity of unique identification project with certain restrictions and changes.
Lok Sabha Friday passed a bill to amend the Aadhaar Act and two related laws which will allow individuals to offer voluntarily biometric ID as a means of identity verification for obtaining services such as opening bank account and procuring mobile phone connection.(AFP)
Lok Sabha Friday passed a bill to amend the Aadhaar Act and two related laws which will allow individuals to offer voluntarily biometric ID as a means of identity verification for obtaining services such as opening bank account and procuring mobile phone connection.(AFP)
Updated on Jan 04, 2019 11:52 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

No general scheme for adults to opt out of Aadhaar programme, says government

To a question on whether the UIDAI had received requests for opting out of the Aadhaar scheme, Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology S S Ahluwalia gave an affirmative reply.
The government Friday said no general scheme has been created that gives an adult the choice to opt out of the Aadhaar programme.(AFP)
The government Friday said no general scheme has been created that gives an adult the choice to opt out of the Aadhaar programme.(AFP)
Updated on Jan 04, 2019 05:20 PM IST
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Failing to comply with Aadhaar Act norms may be liable for up to 1 crore fine

The government has proposed a penalty of up to 1 crore on entities that violate the provisions of the Aadhaar Act, with an additional fine of up to 10 lakh per day in case of continuous non-compliance, sources said.
Image for representation.(AFP file photo)
Image for representation.(AFP file photo)
Updated on Jan 01, 2019 11:08 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India

Plea in Delhi high court to use Aadhaar biometrics to identify unnamed dead bodies

A plea has been filed in the Delhi High Court seeking a direction to the Centre and Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to utilise Aadhaar biometrics to identify unnamed dead bodies.
A plea has been filed in the Delhi High Court seeking a direction to the Centre and Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to utilise Aadhaar biometrics to identify unnamed dead bodies.(HT File Photo)
A plea has been filed in the Delhi High Court seeking a direction to the Centre and Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to utilise Aadhaar biometrics to identify unnamed dead bodies.(HT File Photo)
Published on Nov 11, 2018 05:07 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India

After Supreme Court order, confusion over telecom service providers deleting Aadhaar data

The confusion over the deletion is about whether a minority judgment can be seen as an extension of the majority judgment when the bench concurs on a particular aspect, and whether quashing of mobile linkage with Aadhaar automatically means deleting all Aadhaar data collected for this.
A Supreme Court order said Aadhaar Act’s Section 57 that allows firms to collect data by “contract” is unconstitutional.(AFP File Photo)
A Supreme Court order said Aadhaar Act’s Section 57 that allows firms to collect data by “contract” is unconstitutional.(AFP File Photo)
Published on Oct 23, 2018 07:28 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByNakul Sridhar

Delhi government asks HoDs to refrain from uploading ‘sensitive’ personal info on websites

The move came after it was observed that some departments are uploading documents containing “sensitive” personal information such as Aadhaar and mobile numbers on their websites.
Screenshot of Delhi government website. 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.(Scheenshot)
Screenshot of Delhi government website. 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.(Scheenshot)
Published on Sep 30, 2018 03:08 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India

Centre asks UIDAI to prepare action plan on Aadhaar after Supreme Court judgment

The Supreme Court, while holding Aadhaar scheme as constitutionally valid, struck down section 57 of the Aadhaar Act, permitting private entities to avail Aadhaar data.
IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad held a meeting with IT secretary Ajay Kumar Sawhney and UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey to review status of Aadhaar use in light of the Supreme Court judgment.(Arvind Yadav/HT File Photo)
IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad held a meeting with IT secretary Ajay Kumar Sawhney and UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey to review status of Aadhaar use in light of the Supreme Court judgment.(Arvind Yadav/HT File Photo)
Published on Sep 28, 2018 08:13 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India

Supreme Court judgment on Aadhaar leads to confusion in private sector

Some argue it is now impossible for private companies to use Aadhaar data at all; others say Aadhaar can be used as long alternatives are made available to customers.
A day after the Supreme Court of India struck down Section 57 of the Aadhaar Act that allowed sharing of Aadhaar data with private entities, companies don’t have clarity on what the ruling means for their business.(AFP/File Photo)
A day after the Supreme Court of India struck down Section 57 of the Aadhaar Act that allowed sharing of Aadhaar data with private entities, companies don’t have clarity on what the ruling means for their business.(AFP/File Photo)
Published on Sep 27, 2018 11:23 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySamarth Bansal

Aadhaar Act needs to be streamlined, says Pune-based expert

Reacting to this, professor and future designer Anupam Saraph, who is an internationally renowned expert on governance of complex systems, said bankers, mobile companies, schools, colleges and employers cannot ask for the Aadhaar card. 
The SC verdict states that it is no longer required to link your Aadhar card to phone numbers and bank accounts, thus curtailing private companies from insisting for customer’s Aadhar details.(HT file photo)
The SC verdict states that it is no longer required to link your Aadhar card to phone numbers and bank accounts, thus curtailing private companies from insisting for customer’s Aadhar details.(HT file photo)
Updated on Sep 27, 2018 04:34 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Pune | ByPrachi Bari

Aadhaar verdict: A landmark verdict for the greater common good

The SC has addressed the heart of the issue and held that enrolment in Aadhaar of the unprivileged and marginalised section of society, in order to avail the fruits of welfare schemes of the government, actually amounts to empowering these persons
Dignity as a community value has guided the Supreme Court to explore the role of the State and community in establishing collective goals and restrictions on individual freedoms and rights on behalf of a certain idea of the good life.(AFP)
Dignity as a community value has guided the Supreme Court to explore the role of the State and community in establishing collective goals and restrictions on individual freedoms and rights on behalf of a certain idea of the good life.(AFP)
Updated on Sep 27, 2018 12:42 PM IST
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ByZoheb Hossain

If the Supreme Court could change its mind on Section 377, it will on Aadhaar too

The compulsory imposition of Aadhaar in welfare programmes has, contrary to popular belief, damaged the implementation of welfare.
Rajasthani women showing their respective Aadhaar cards while standing in a queue to vote for Ajmer District Panchayat elections.(PTI Photo)
Rajasthani women showing their respective Aadhaar cards while standing in a queue to vote for Ajmer District Panchayat elections.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Sep 27, 2018 08:22 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByReetika Khera

KS Puttaswamy, retired judge who opposed Aadhaar, welcomes verdict

Retired Karnataka high court judge KS Puttaswamy challenged the decision to make Aadhaar enrolment mandatory for all citizens in 2012. It was the first challenge to Aadhaar.
Justice (R) KS Puttaswamy(HT Photo)
Justice (R) KS Puttaswamy(HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 26, 2018 11:42 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Bengaluru | ByVikram Gopal

Aadhaar verdict: Rahul Gandhi thanks Supreme Court for ‘supporting Congress vision’

In its verdict, the Supreme Court declared the Centre’s flagship Aadhaar scheme as constitutionally valid, but struck down some of its provisions, including its linking with bank accounts, mobile phones and school admissions.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi thanked the Supreme Court for its verdict on the Aadhaar Act on Wednesday, saying it was an instrument of empowerment for his party.(AFP File Photo)
Congress president Rahul Gandhi thanked the Supreme Court for its verdict on the Aadhaar Act on Wednesday, saying it was an instrument of empowerment for his party.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Sep 26, 2018 07:19 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India

SC verdict on Aadhaar welcomed by KS Puttaswamy, one of the original petitioners

A five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra held that Aadhaar would be voluntary and not mandatory with an option to exit.
The Supreme Court, on September 26, 2018, upheld the constitutional validity of Aadhaar allowing the government to mandate the unique identity number to access subsidies and welfare schemes.(AFP File Photo)
The Supreme Court, on September 26, 2018, upheld the constitutional validity of Aadhaar allowing the government to mandate the unique identity number to access subsidies and welfare schemes.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Sep 26, 2018 05:59 PM IST
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Bengaluru | ByIndo Asian News Service

‘Impossible to live in India if Aadhaar mandatory’, says sole dissenting SC judge DY Chandrachud

The Supreme Court on Wednesday declared the Centre’s flagship Aadhaar scheme as constitutionally valid but struck down some of its provisions including its linking with bank accounts, mobile phones and school admissions.
(Sonu Mehta/HTFile Photo)
(Sonu Mehta/HTFile Photo)
Updated on Sep 26, 2018 12:45 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAshok Bagriya

‘Symbol of digital economy’: Supreme Court rules Aadhaar is valid, with riders

The main thrust of the case brought by petitioners was that Aadhaar encroached on the privacy of citizens because it entailed collection of fingerprints, iris scans and other details of citizens with/without their consent.
A girl waits for her turn to enrol for the Unique Identification database system, also known as Aadhaar, at a registration centre in New Delhi.(REUTERS File)
A girl waits for her turn to enrol for the Unique Identification database system, also known as Aadhaar, at a registration centre in New Delhi.(REUTERS File)
Updated on Sep 26, 2018 05:30 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByBhadra Sinha

System knows when there’s an attempt to duplicated Aadhaar number: What SC said on the Act

On Aadhaar validity verdict, Supreme Court says ‘minimal possible data is obtained from Aadhaar.’ holders.
The Supreme Court judges have started reading their ruling on the validity of the Aadhaar Act.(AFP)
The Supreme Court judges have started reading their ruling on the validity of the Aadhaar Act.(AFP)
Updated on Sep 26, 2018 12:59 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByBhadra Sinha

From data security to use of biometrics: Here’s everything you need to know about the Aadhaar case

UIDAI says database is fully secure while experts argue this is a very limited view of data security.
Disagreements over Aadhaar data security and its implications for privacy continue. Whether Aadhaar is fully secure or fundamentally flawed depends on where one stands.(HT File Photo)
Disagreements over Aadhaar data security and its implications for privacy continue. Whether Aadhaar is fully secure or fundamentally flawed depends on where one stands.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Sep 26, 2018 09:37 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySamarth Bansal

Is use of facial recognition by law enforcement agencies a good idea?

The biggest issue with a facial recognition system is that it is a covert, remote and mass authentication technology
For high risk technologies such as facial recognition, which have untested accuracy in geographies like India, and pose newer threats, the State would be well advised to exercise restrain.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
For high risk technologies such as facial recognition, which have untested accuracy in geographies like India, and pose newer threats, the State would be well advised to exercise restrain.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Aug 31, 2018 04:55 PM IST
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ByAmber Sinha

Trai chief shares Aadhaar number on Twitter, challenges users to show how it can be misused

The tweet evoked an immediate response on the social media platform, managing to create quite a flutter with one user claiming to have dug up his mobile number using the information given, and some others trolling him for handing out the 12-digit identifier.
RS Sharma, former UIDAI director general, has been an ardent supporter of the Aadhaar programme, vouching for the safety of the system, and dispelling privacy concerns over Aadhaar even during his current tenure as Trai chief.(File Photo)
RS Sharma, former UIDAI director general, has been an ardent supporter of the Aadhaar programme, vouching for the safety of the system, and dispelling privacy concerns over Aadhaar even during his current tenure as Trai chief.(File Photo)
Published on Jul 28, 2018 11:52 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India

Opinion | Draft of Data Protection Bill more an uneasy compromise than a clear commitment

A committee headed by former Supreme Court judge BN Srikrishna submitted its recommendations and a draft law titled the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018, on Friday.
Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad accepts a report on 'Data Protection Framework' from justice BN Srikrishna in New Delhi on July 27.(PTI Photo)
Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad accepts a report on 'Data Protection Framework' from justice BN Srikrishna in New Delhi on July 27.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Jul 28, 2018 10:07 AM IST
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ByApar Gupta

Srikrishna committee wants changes in Aadhaar Act, autonomy for UIDAI

The committee has said that amendments to the Aadhaar Act are required to ensure the “autonomy of the UIDAI”.
The UIDAI or Unique Identification Authority of India, is the nodal agency that manages the Aadhaar biometric identification system.(AFP File Photo)
The UIDAI or Unique Identification Authority of India, is the nodal agency that manages the Aadhaar biometric identification system.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Jul 28, 2018 12:07 AM IST
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