Aadhaar is a tech marvel, says Prasad

‘Govt welcomes Supreme Court verdict on right to privacy, Aadhaar not considered in this judgment’

New Delhi, Aug 24:  

Live updates from Ravi Shankar Prasad’s press briefing in New Delhi on Right to Privacy.

Law & Justice, Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said the government welcomed the Supreme Court’s verdict on right to privacy.

“The UPA has brought Aadhaar without any reason.”

Finance Minister had said privacy is a fundamental right, quotes Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Even before the court verdict the government had acknowledged the right to privacy.

The government has always advocated right to privacy, says Prasad.

The court has said things which Jaitley said in the House earlier.

The government will set up a high powered committee for data protection.

Court acknolwdges that a robust data regime is needed.

Every right has limitations which has to be identified case to case basis the order says.

Aadhaar Act

The Aadhaar Act puts in place a tough ecosystem for disclosure of individual data, says the Minister. The government doesn’t allow anyone to release data unless compelling that too after enough checks and balances. In the last 3 years, we have saved close to Rs 57,000 crore that earlier used to go to middlemen, he added. The whole world appreciates the technological marvel that is Aadhaar. The Aadhaar system operates on the principle of minimum information, maximum use. Aadhaar has shown its utility in a very short span of time; it is completely safe and secure.

The Government stands committed to the principles enunciated by the Supreme Court today.

Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi should do his homework, says Prasad. Aadhaar during the UPA regime had no protection of law. We made Aadhaar law and provided legal framework for protection its data.

Aadhaar has not been considered in this judgment. Aadhaar per se was not before the court, Right to Privacy was the issue.

If any private bank seeks to share data, it will have to follow Aadhaar Act, says Ravi Shankar Prasad.

(This article was published on August 24, 2017)

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