06 Aug Unique Identification Authority of India Claims Aadhaar Cannot Monitor Citizens
India — News last Friday reported that it’s almost impossible to monitor citizens with the Aadhaar, in a statement made by The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to the Indian Supreme Court.
The UIDAI assured the court that regulations were set in place to safeguard citizens from unlawful government tracking. UIDAI also said that much ado is being given to privacy as a fundamental right, saying that nothing is private in the age of internet access.
The UIDAI is an agency formed to assign Aadhaar numbers in 2009. But since no law was given to formally implement it, they made the administrative decision to gather citizen’s private data.
The past week saw the Indian Supreme Court deliberating multiple cases that disputed the legitimacy of the Aadhaar initiative, investigating whether citizens should be entitled to a fundamental right to privacy.
At present, India has yet to see if the Supreme court will enact a fundamental privacy law.