India Aadhaar Data Leak Can Influence Poll Outcome, Says Supreme Court

15:01  17 april  2018
15:01  17 april  2018 Source:   ndtv.com

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As the Supreme Court is hearing the constitutional validity of Aadhar, an Union Minister K J Alphons criticized So, it is necessary to understand that what can be fallouts if the Aadhaar data is leaked to others or what Like poll campaigns, there are a myriad of purposes for which the data can be used.

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The Supreme Court has said Aadhaar data can be used for commercial purposes. © Getty The Supreme Court has said Aadhaar data can be used for commercial purposes.

New Delhi: A leak of Aadhaar data can influence the outcome of an election, the Supreme Court said today, expressing its concerns about the issue amid the huge controversy over the illegal use of Facebook data in the US elections. The court, which last week said there was a chance that Aadhaar data of 1.3 billion Indians can be misused, was continuing its exploration of the subject. It drew a sharp response from the Aadhaar authority UIADI, who said "Aadhaar data is not an atom bomb".

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"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.

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The Supreme Court said that the provision of Aadhaar Act that seeks to validate the data collected from 2009 to 2016 when the statute was enacted was "badly drafted" and it could not be read to mean waiving of fundamental rights of the people.

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Asserting that the "problems are not symptomatic but real," Justice Chandrachud asked what were the "nature of the safeguards" available in the absence of a data protection law.

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