Aadhaar data leak can influence elections’ results: Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court expressed serious concern over Aadhar data leak issue and said that the leak in aadhar data might affect the poll results. The Apex Court was hearing a bunch of petitions on validity of Aadhar.

The real apprehension is the data available can influence the electoral outcome of a country… whether democracy can survive if Aadhaar data is used to influence the electoral outcome,” said Justice DY Chandrachud, who was part of a five-judge bench hearing a clutch of 27 petitions that questioned the validity of Aadhaar, flagged privacy issues and data leak.
The court, which asked UIDAI for an account of its data protection procedure, today said the “problems are not symptomatic but real”. Asking what were the “nature of the safeguards” in absence of a data protection law, Justice Chandrachud said, “We can’t have a blinkered view of reality, because we are going to lay down a law which will affect the future”
UIDAI counsel Rakesh Dwivedi urged the court that the court should test each notification under Aadhar onbground of privcy and the entire scheme cannot be struck down.
The UIDAI counsel also argued that Cambridge Analytica’s data breach cannot be an argument for striking down Aadhaar as it had “no learning algorithm like Google.”
Earlier last month, the Supreme Court had extended the March 31 Aadhaar deadline.
Top court in its ruling on March 13 had said that Aadhaar was not mandatory for banking, phone and passport services until its final verdict.
The Supreme Court is hearing a batch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar scheme.

Arguing for the UIDAI, counsel Rakesh Dwivedi said that the apex court should test each notification under Aadhaar on grounds of privacy. The entire scheme cannot be struck down.

The UIDAI counsel also argued that Cambridge Analytica’s data breach cannot be an argument for striking down Aadhaar as it had “no learning algorithm like Google.”

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