Dr. Usha Ramanathan’s Talk on the UIDAI Litigation

[Ed Note : The following post is based on Dr. Ramanathan’s enlightening talk  at the NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad. It has been authored by Karthik Subramaniam and Yashasvi Raj, first year students of the aforementioned university, who,  in a slightly longer but informative read aptly put forth Dr. Ramanathan’s views on the Aadhar issue and its judicial journey.

Dr. Usha Ramanathan, an internationally recognized legal expert, is currently research fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies and professor at the Indian Law Institute. Since 2009, she has consistently brought forth the loopholes in the Aadhar project, exposing its shoddy functioning.]

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A Perfect Eden

[Ed Note : The following post has been authored by Anupriya Nair, a second year student of NALSAR University of Law. In an interesting and chilling read, Anupriya talks about the potential emergence of China-inspired social credit systems in India which essentially monitor our actions to tell us how trustworthy we are. What exactly does this entail? Read to find out more!]

Unlocking Novel Frontiers of Digital Control: The Potential Emergence of Social Credit Systems in India

Development of technology has begun to tread the fine line between liberation and oppression of society. In other words, the ever-evolving digital sphere has led us to face the paradox of having means to achieve new levels of inclusivity (liberation) while running an exponentially large risk of highly intrusive surveillance (oppression).

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Comments on the Srikrishna Committee Report and the Draft Data Protection Bill 2018 – II

[Ed Note : The following post, the second post in the series of posts containing comments to the Report and Draft Bill, 2018  published on the MeitY website, has been authored and compiled by students of NALSAR University of Law. This post contains comments on the Report and Draft bill in relation to the AADHAR issue. 

The first post in the series can be found here. Keep watching this space for more posts in the series!]

With the Supreme Court upholding the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act and scheme on the 27th of September, 2018, a significant impact will be felt by the Data Protection Bill. If one looks at the larger aim of a Bill like the Data Protection Bill, it is to recognize that an individual’s data and their rights over it are of utmost importance. With the Apex Court upholding the validity of Aadhaar albeit certain caveats, a thorn is created in the larger realization of the Bill’s goal. Principally, the limitation of the role of Aadhaar by the judgment would secure rights in terms of who uses available data and the interference of private parties. However, the fact that biometric data collection is still a valid process creates doubts regarding the conflicting nature of the aims of data protection and Aadhaar.

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