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Indian Government Allows Expanded Private Sector Use of Aadhaar Through Ordinance

– Mozilla

  • Viewpoint
  • Posted by Good ID team (Good ID)
  • Via Amba Kak (Mozilla)
  • 11 April 2019

In this article, Mozilla raises concerns that a new government ordinance accelerating private sector use of Aadhaar, issued without parliamentary approval, will undermine the protections that the Indian Supreme Court put in place

India’s biometric ID system, Aadhaar, is effectively mandatory for the majority of Indian residents, required for many tax and welfare schemes.

In March, the Indian government approved an ordinance to allow private companies to authenticate using Aadhaar. At the same time, standards for privacy and security, and data protection law, remain undefined.

This legislation will dilute a Supreme Court decision last year to place fundamental limits on use of Aadhaar identities in the private sector, says Amba Kak in this appeal to Parliament not to allow the ordinance to remain in effect without consultation and safeguards.

The swift movement to foster expanded use of Aadhaar is in stark contrast to the lack of progress on advancing a data protection bill that would safeguard the rights of Indians whose data is implicated in this system

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