The Supreme Court on Thursday declined the urgent hearing of a Public interest litigation (PIL) on privacy concerns regarding use of the Aadhar card by each individual. The court had earlier referred the matter to a Constitution bench. In October last year, the court had asked the government to address the most basic questions in a democracy governed by law such as: what are the privacy rights of citizens; are they protected equally with the same justice applied for the rich and the poor alike etc.
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In related coverage, Press Trust of India reports:
The Supreme Court today refused to expedite the hearing of Aadhar cases challenging the constitutional validity of the scheme but observed that data collection by private agencies is not a good idea.
A bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar made the remarks after senior advocate Shyam Divan sought urgent hearing of the plea citing privacy concern.
“We are not inclined to give immediate hearing as there are limited resources but biometric data collection by private agencies is not a great idea,” the bench also comprising Justices N V Ramana and D Y Chandrachud said.
Read more on NDTV.
I’ve been occasionally noting developments in the use of Aadhar since 2011, and remain convinced that we are just waiting for the biggest privacy and data security breaches the world has ever seen. If you thought a Yahoo! breach with 1 billion users’ information was bad, wait until it’s that number but with a lot identity information.