The Election Commission of India is instead likely to plead SC to allow voluntary linking of Aadhaar with voter IDs
A nine-judge constitution bench, on August 24 last year, had declared the right to privacy as a fundamental right and termed it as an intrinsic part of right to life and personal liberty under Article 21 of the Constitution.
In the beta form, users can generate their Virtual ID and use it to update address in Aadhaar online for the time being, according to UIDAI which announced the Virtual ID concept earlier this year to address privacy concerns.
The Aadhaar-issuing body said that its database contains only minimum details of the biometric ID holders, including select demographic information.
People who already have an Aadhaar number can start generating their Virtual IDs
"If we do this, our detractors will say, 'PM Narendra Modi is snooping on us to know what we eat, which movie we are watching'," the Union IT minister said.
The issue is now probably more political than technology driven, but it is undeniable that it has pushed the data protection and online privacy debates to the forefront of public discussion
In a strong action in December, the government and the UIDAI temporarily barred the company from conducting Aadhaar-based SIM verification of mobile customers and e-KYC of payments bank clients.
The UIDAI today sought to ease concerns over any potential misuse of Aadhaar data, asserting that it keeps a constant vigil to ensure that user data is fully protected, and that the biometric identifier is backed by strong laws.
The so-called ethical hacker started the revelation as a “game”, with the intention of keeping the government agency UIDAI on its toes.
The policy-making body of the tax department issued an order extending the deadline from the current last date of March 31.
According to a reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha on 23 March, the Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology KJ Alphons said Vidhi was paid Rs 48,15,000 in the last five years
Addressing a seminar here, he said people in the US needed a social security number to get a driver's licence, to open a bank account, for marriage, divorce or even for a death certificate.
Experts, including Reserve Bank of India’s Governor Urjit Patel, have raised concerns on ownership and structure of PSBs
Taking on those questioning the government's Aadhaar programme, Union Minister Alphons Kannanthanam has said there were people willing to "get naked before the white man" to procure an American visa but cry "privacy" when basic details have to be shared with their own government.
The UIDAI had announced in January that it will introduce face authentication feature to help those who run into problems in biometric authentication due to old age, hardwork or worn-out fingerprints.
The Supreme Court of India in Writ Petition (vide order dated March 13) extended the deadline of linking Aadhaar till the matter is finally heard and the judgement is pronounced.
The statement comes after ZDNet, a technology news portal cited a security researcher's claim to state that a system of state-owned utility firm was allegedly leaking information on Aadhaar holders.
The information was given by Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) after the top court asked him whether there was any official data on how many persons have been denied benefits either due to want of Aadhaar or due to failure of their authentication.
The constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra asked the petitioners opposing the Aadhaar scheme to prepare a questionnaire after the UIDAI CEO's presentation.
The Centre, in turn, urged a five judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra to allow Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), to make a powerpoint presentation to the court to allay the apprehensions about the Aadhaar scheme.
The petitioner has sought exemption from Aadhaar based as he claims it impinges on his religious beliefs.
Rajasthan Police is exploring the possibility of using Aadhaar data for verifying the identity of criminals, suspects, complainants and missing persons in the state.
NHAI has mandated timplementation of the National Electronic Toll Collection program for all national highways, which will help reduce the congestion, time taken to process toll at highways and enable reduction in revenue leakages
The States have destroyed biometric infomation of citizens collected before the UIDAI took charge of the Aadhaar enrollment process.