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The Aadhaar verdict simplified: A ready reckoner

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    New Delhi, Sep 26: In a majority verdict 3:2, the Supreme Court upheld the validity of the Aadhaar Act, but struck down several provisions which included the collection of Aadhaar data by private entities.

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    The Aadhaar verdict simplified: A ready reckoner

    Oneindia breaks down the Aadhaar verdict to help you understand it better:

    • The five year rule for archival storage of transaction logs is struck down. Metadata storage is struck down. Authentication data can be retained only for six months.
    • Section 57 which permitted private players such as banks, mobile companies to insist on Aadhaar struck down.
    • Suitable provisions have to be introduced for establishing identification when Aadhaar authentication fails.
    • CBSE, NEET cannot make Aadhaar mandatory.
    • Aadhaar not mandatory for Sarvasiksha Abhiyan. However enrolment can be insisted only with parent's consent.
    • Individuals can file complaints.
    • The SC asked the Centre to bring a robust law for data protection as soon as possible.
    • Aadhaar is mandatory for PAN card linking.
    • Aadhaar must not be made compulsory for school admission and the administration cannot make it mandatory.
    • Government to ensure that illegal migrants are not issued Aadhaar to get benefits of social welfare schemes.
    • There is a fundamental difference between Aadhaar card and identity. Once the bio-metric information is stored, it remains in the system.
    • Court struck down the provision in Aadhaar law allowing sharing of data on the ground of national security.
    • There is a fundamental difference between Aadhaar and other identity proof as Aadhaar cannot be duplicated and it is a unique identification. It added that Aadhaar is to empower the marginalised sections of the society, and it gives them an identity.
    The Aadhaar verdict simplified: A ready reckoner

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