"The Supreme Court has upheld the constitutional validity of Aadhaar and that it does not violate privacy", he said. He also hailed the Supreme Court's move to disallow metadata to be stored in its current form. SC brilliantly threw out #bjp #modi accumulated dirty bathwater and saved the baby. In an interim order in March this year, the apex court had said that the mandatory linking of bank accounts and mobile phones will stand extended "indefinitely" till judgement on the petitions pending before it is pronounced. "Modi Govt's draconian Section 57 quashed - Bank A/c, Mobile, School, Airlines, Travel Agents, Pvt entities requiring Aaadhar Data quashed".
Justice Sikri said that "minimal demographic & biometric data of citizens are collected by the UIDAI for Aadhaar enrolment". Aadhaar also violates privacy rights as it can lead to profiling of voters and individuals.
Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Sambit Patra said the judgment was a "big victory" for the Narendra Modi-led government, according to ET Now. The verdict has also exposed the Congress, he claimed.
It was also pitched as a transparent way to ensure that government handouts of food, fuel and other essentials to India's poorest would not be siphoned off by corrupt middlemen, a huge problem in the vast country of 1.25bn.
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In simple terms, it is no longer mandatory to give you 12-digit Aadhaar number for opening a bank account or getting a new SIM connection.
■ SC says Aadhaar authentication data can not be stored for more than six months.
"We welcome the Supreme Court's decision to strike down Section 57 of the Aadhaar Act". Schools can not insist on Aadhaar enrolment for children which was deemed unconstitutional.