The Distinctive Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has simply revealed new info relating to the present Aadhaar Act. It revealed that presently the Aadhaar act doesn’t help makes use of like linking with social media accounts. UIDAI additionally clarified that the present Aadhaar Act solely permits Aadhaar linking for presidency schemes or government-sanctioned subsidies. This is available in response to a question from Ministry of Electronics and Info Expertise (MeitY) relating to a order from the Supreme Courtroom. Tracing the origin of the request, the report reveals that the matter began with Fb. Supreme courtroom determined to listen to a plea from Fb demanding switch of 4 public curiosity litigations (PILs) relating to social media linking.
Aadhaar social media linking
In accordance with a report by The Financial Instances, in the course of the listening to, the Supreme Courtroom ask the federal government about its views on the matter of Aadhaar social media linking. Consequently, MeitY reached out to UIDAI for an official response. UIDAI said that Aadhaar Act solely permits Aadhaar use in schemes and subsidies funded by Consolidated Fund of India. To allow this social media account linking with Aadhaar, the federal government must cross a brand new legislation. A authorities official added, “UIDAI has reiterated several times that it is blind to the usage of the number”. He added, “The usage can happen only if it is permitted by a law.”
Officers said that such linking is not going to be “technically feasible” as easy linking is not going to serve any function. To make this efficient, authorities additionally wants entry to the cell quantity or the handle of the social media account. Present Aadhaar Act doesn’t enable entry to this private information. This comes per week after a prime official said that social media accounts shouldn’t be linked with numbers.
The report additionally said that authorities ought to be cautious with using the Aadhaar quantity given the privateness considerations. Supreme Courtroom restricted using Aadhaar to confirm PAN, revenue tax returns and different authorities funded subsidies in 2018.