1. Aadhaar Card, Mobile Number, Account Linking: What Supreme Court ordered banks, telecom firms and how users will be benefitted

Aadhaar Card, Mobile Number, Account Linking: What Supreme Court ordered banks, telecom firms and how users will be benefitted

The Supreme Court today directed the banks as well as the telecommunication companies to convey the last date for linking bank accounts and mobile numbers with Aadhaar in their messages to customers.

By: | Published: November 4, 2017 2:38 PM
Aadhaar card mobile number linking, Aadhaar card, sumpreme court, last date aadhaar mobile linking sim card linking, Aadhaar mobile number linking, Aadhaar sim linking, Aadhaar card, mobile number, india news The apex court did not pass any interim order on the pleas challenging the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act as well as linking of 12-digit unique biometric identification number with bank accounts and mobile numbers.

The Supreme Court today directed the banks as well as the telecommunication companies to convey the last date for linking bank accounts and mobile numbers with Aadhaar in their messages to customers. Currently, the last date to link Aadhaar with bank accounts is December 31 this year while for mobile numbers, it is February 6, 2018. The apex court did not pass any interim order on the pleas challenging the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act as well as linking of 12-digit unique biometric identification number with bank accounts and mobile numbers. It said that final hearing in all Aadhaar-related issues would start before another bench in the last week of November and that bench would decide on the issue.

“We make it clear that in the messages sent by banks and telecom service providers, the date of December 31, 2017 and February 6, 2018, shall also be indicated as the last date of linking Aadhaar with bank accounts and mobile numbers,” the bench said.

The bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan was hearing petitions challenging the validity of the Aadhaar Act and the decision to link bank accounts and mobile numbers with the unique identification number. According to the petitioners lawyer, the messages sent by the banks and telecom company warning them to link their phone numbers with Aadhar card is causing unnecessary panic amongst the people. Attorney General K K Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, said these were only verbal assertions.

Senior Counsel Arvind Dattar, appearing for a petitioner, said the notification for linking Aadhaar to bank accounts was issued under the Prevention of Money Laundering Rules and this was illegal. Though the bench said that the issue was concerning, it added that the petitioner could have raised the matter before a bench slated to hear Aadhaar related cases. “There is no doubt that these arguments need
consideration. The matter is going to come up in the last week of November and the time (to link Aadhaar with bank accounts) has been extended till December 31,” the bench said. Meanwhile, in an affidavit filed on Thursday, the Centre told the court that the last date for linking bank accounts to Aadhaar may be extended from December 31, 2017 to March 31, 2018.

  1. R
    Reader
    Nov 4, 2017 at 6:32 pm
    The biometrics-based Aadhaar program is inherently flawed. Biometrics can be easily lifted by external means, there is no need to hack the system. 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. That is why advanced countries like the US, UK, etc. did not implement such a self-destructive biometrics-based system.
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    1. R
      Reader
      Nov 8, 2017 at 9:45 am
      If the biometric details of a person are COMPROMISED ONCE, then even a new Aadhaar card will not help the person concerned. This is NOT like blocking an ATM card and taking a new one.
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    2. R
      Reader
      Nov 4, 2017 at 6:31 pm
      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, the dangers of such a centralized database being hacked, and the unreliability of such large-scale biometric verification processes. The Aadhaar program was designed in 2009 by mainly considering the 'Identi-ty Cards Act 2006' of UK, but the UK stopped that project in 2010, whereas India continued the biometrics-based program. We must think why the United Kingdom abandoned their project and destroyed the data collected. (Google: 'Identi-ty Cards Act 2006' and 'Identi-ty Documents Act 2010' )
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      1. R
        Reader
        Nov 4, 2017 at 6:31 pm
        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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        1. R
          Reader
          Nov 4, 2017 at 6:30 pm
          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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          1. G
            Giri
            Nov 4, 2017 at 3:10 pm
            Your items on this linking of Aadhar to various things are actuually more confusing. Why do you not employ somebody who knows the English language well to write your reports?
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