1. Devise scheme to prevent Aadhaar data leakage: Supreme Court to government

Devise scheme to prevent Aadhaar data leakage: Supreme Court to government

The apex court said that this apprehension of the public has to be assuaged by the government by taking proper measures so that people are confident that there would be no chance of "unauthorised leakage" of data.

By: | New Delhi | Published: June 9, 2017 10:54 PM
Supreme Court today asked the government to devise at the earliest a scheme to address public concern over leakage of data on linking PAN with Aadhaar. (Reuters)

The Supreme Court today asked the government to devise at the earliest a scheme to address public concern over leakage of data on linking PAN with Aadhaar. The apex court said that this apprehension of the public has to be assuaged by the government by taking proper measures so that people are confident that there would be no chance of “unauthorised leakage” of data. A bench comprising justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said the measures to be taken can range from “tightening the operations of the contractors who are given the job of enrollment, they being private persons, or by prescribing severe penalties to those who are found guilty of leaking the details”. While observing that it would be the government’s outlook to decide on which measure to adopt for ensuring there is no data leak, the apex court emphasised that a proper scheme be devised at the earliest.

“It is also necessary to highlight that a large section of citizens feel concerned about possible data leak, even when many of those support linkage of PAN with Aadhaar. This is a concern which needs to be addressed by the government. “It is important that the aforesaid apprehensions are assuaged by taking proper measures so that confidence is instilled among the public at large that there is no chance of unauthorised leakage of data. “… Whether it is done by tightening the operations of the contractors who are given the job of enrollment, they being private persons or by prescribing severe penalties to those who are found guilty of leaking the details, is the outlook of the government,” the bench said. The observations came while upholding the validity of a law making Aadhaar mandatory for allotment of PAN and filing of Income Tax (I-T) returns.

  1. R
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    Sep 13, 2017 at 4:25 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 sensitive 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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    1. R
      Reader
      Sep 13, 2017 at 4:25 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.
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