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Right to privacy concerns: Aadhaar holder can block his biometric info, Govt tells SC

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Good move to prevent sensitive data from being used by criminals!

Right to privacy concerns: Aadhaar holder can block his biometric info, Govt tells Supreme Court

It is for the first time that the government or the UIDAI has disclosed that a mechanism exists under which a card holder can choose to block the biometric information linked to his Aadhaar card.





A Constitution Bench led by Chief Justice H L Dattu had sought to know from Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi about the nature of Aadhaar cards prepared under the aegis of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). An Aadhaar card holder can block his card along with his demographic and biometric information if he wants to opt out of the UID system. This lesser-known fact came into public domain on Wednesday when the government tried to convince the Supreme Court that Aadhaar is “purely voluntary”.
A Constitution Bench led by Chief Justice H L Dattu had sought to know from Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi about the nature of Aadhaar cards prepared under the aegis of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).
“The making of the card is voluntary. Using the card is voluntary and not only this, a card holder can block it too. If a person wants to block the information about him contained in the biometric database, he can do it voluntarily and nobody will be able to unblock it. Such information will be locked till he wants,” Rohatgi retorted.
http://indianexpress.com/article/in...-his-biometric-info-govt-tells-supreme-court/
 
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