‘SC’S judge­ment on pri­vacy pro­tects Aad­har’

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The re­cent Supreme Court or­der on the right to pri­vacy lays down the cor­rect ex­emp­tions which pro­tects Aad­har, Fi­nance Min­is­ter Arun Jait­ley has said.

Jait­ley, who is in the US to at­tend the an­nual meet­ings of the IMF and the World Bank, was re­spond­ing to a ques­tion at the pres­ti­gious Columbia Univer­sity on how the gov­ern­ment is plan­ning to han­dle Aad­har after the re­cent Supreme Court de­ci­sion on the right to pri­vacy.

In its judge­ment in Au­gust, a nine-judge bench de­creed that that right to pri­vacy is part of the fun­da­men­tal rights to life and lib­erty en­shrined in the Con­sti­tu­tion.

The judge­ment has been in­ter­preted by many as a set­back to the Aad­har card, un­der which the gov­ern­ment col­lects vi­tal per­sonal information of the cit­i­zens.

“I do be­lieve that the Supreme Court judge­ment on the pri­vacy mat­ter in ac­cor­dance with the cur­rent tim­ing is a cor­rect judge­ment. It lays down the cor­rect ex­cep­tions which pro­tects Aad­har,” Jait­ley told stu­dents.

“Ar­ti­cle 21 reads that no per­son can be de­prived of his right to life and lib­erty with­out pro­ce­dures es­tab­lished by the law. That pro­ce­dure has to be fair and just,” he said.

Jait­ley said that some of the judges also went into what would be the ex­cep­tions to the law of pri­vacy.

“The first ex­cep­tion they say is na­tional se­cu­rity. The sec­ond ex­cep­tion they say is de­tec­tion and preven­tion of crime. And the third ex­cep­tion judges say is dis­tri­bu­tion of so­cio-eco­nomic ben­e­fits,” he said.

He said the third ex­cep­tion had been carved out specif­i­cally to pro­tect Aad­har.

“For in­stance, no­body can see that I spent Rs 1 crore in cash and you can’t ask me the source, be­cause it vi­o­lates my pri­vacy...so I think, these ex­cep­tion have been well brought out in the judge­ment it­self,” he said.

There is a chap­ter in the Aad­har law which deals with cer­tain as­pects like the man­ner in which data is to be pro­tected and the con­se­quences of vi­o­la­tion, he said.

“So all those safe­guard pro­vi­sions have been brought into the law,” he as­serted.

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