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New law needed for Linking Social Media Accounts to Aadhaar: UIDAI



New law needed for Linking Social Media Accounts to Aadhaar: UIDAI

The Unique Identification Authority of India has revealed that currently, Aadhaar act does not use like linking with social media accounts. After the Supreme Court warning to the Government of India about the privacy implications of linking Aadhaar to social media accounts, the UIDAI has issued strong disapproval of the potential move.

Supreme Court decided to hear a plea from the Facebook demanding the transfer of four public interest litigations regarding social media linking.

UIDAI statement comes after the ministry of electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) had written to the UIDAI seeking its view after the Supreme Court had urged the central government to state its opinion on the matter last month.

In the response of MeitY, UIDAI said that Aadhaar Act only allowed the identity document’s use in the scheme and subsides founded out of the Consolidated Fund of India.

This came after the top court agreed to hear a plea by social media company Facebook seeking the transfer of four public interest litigations, pending before the Madras Bombay and Madhya Pradesh high courts, on the Aadhaar-social media linkage.

According to Economic Times, UIDAI responded to say that the government will need a new law if social media has to be linked to Aadhaar. When asked whether it was technically feasible to link social media accounts with the unique identity number, It would depend on the implementation agency.

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UIDAI has reiterated several times that it is blind to the usage of the number and the usage can happen only if it is permitted by law.

The report also stated that the government should be careful with the use of the Aadhaar number given the privacy concerns. Supreme Court restricted the use of Aadhaar to verify PAN, Income Tax returns and other government-funded subsidies.

Earlier, Facebook and WhatsApp had strongly objected to Aadhaar linking, claiming it would affect the privacy of its users. However, The TN government was clear that Facebook‘s arguments have no merit since the business model of Facebook is depending on data sharing.

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