Here’s what’s allowed and what’s not after Aadhaar verdict

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the Aadhar scheme as “constitutionally valid”. It collects biometric data from every citizen and assigns a national identity card to them which does not violate the right to privacy, said the apex court.

The government, which has been arguing for the mandatory use of Aadhar for all major transactions, has said that it holds that privacy is a fundamental right but with reasonable restrictions.

Post today’s verdict of the Supreme Court, here is what is allowed and what is not:

  • Private firms cannot insist on Aadhaar information
  • Cellphone companies cannot seek Aadhaar number
  • Bank accounts do not have to be linked to Aadhaar ID
  • Schools cannot seek a child’s Aadhaar details even during admission
  • Aadhaar should be linked to PAN information for the filing of tax returns
  • Aadhaar is not mandatory for UGC, NEET and CBSE examinations
  • Biometric data shall not be shared with any agency without the permission of the court
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